South Ossetia

These photographs depict life in and around Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia that lies just beneath the Russian border in a troubled region of Georgia. Bullet-ridden buildings in the city and schoolyard cemeteries testify to fighting from the early 1990s. Villagers describe ethnic tensions and shootings that continue today but they also come into the city to shop at markets where Georgian vendors ply their wares. Some two thirds of the region's residents have taken Russian passports; Georgians insist that South Ossetia will be brought back into the Georgian fold.