A Story of Internal Displacement Captured on Camera
Friday, 7 August 2015,
A photographic exhibition capturing the plight of internally displaced people was showcased at the Embassy of Georgia in Pretoria.
This Exhibition focused on one of the most challenging humanitarian problems of the modern world — displacement. In 2014, the total number of people internally displaced by armed conflict and violence worldwide was estimated to be 38 million people - the highest figure ever recorded by Geneva based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.
As the topic of forcible displacement tops the international agenda, these photographs tell a story of approximately half a million of IDPs and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia, victims of the several waves of ethnic cleansing.
The plight of the IDPs in Georgia dates back to the early 1990s, when hundreds of thousands of Georgian citizens of various ethnicities had to leave their homes as a painful consequence of the conflict. The situation of IDPs on the ground has further deteriorated after the Russia-Georgia War in 2008 which resulted in a new wave of forcible displacement of tens of thousands of people, particularly from Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia, dividing families and causing further pain and hardship.
Ongoing installation of barbwire fences and so called “state border” signs along the occupation line causes negative implications on the livelihoods of the local population and compels local families to leave their houses, thus creating yet another generation of IDPs.
The photo exhibition aims to contribute to an increased awareness on this very important matter and ultimately make us think how the international community can contribute to the lasting solution
Embassy of Georgia in the Republic of South Africa