Georgia's Gori region, near the de facto border with South Ossetia, endured the worst of the five-day Russia-Georgia war last August. Hundreds of people from the regions had their homes destroyed and scores of civilians were killed.
One year after the conflict, people from the region are still trying to put their lives back together. Some who lost their homes now live in tiny cottages funded by Georgian and European Union aid, waiting for their own houses to be rebuilt. Meanwhile, Georgians forced to flee South Ossetia live nearby in settlements for internally displaced persons, and don’t know when – or whether – they will be able to return home.
RFE/RL's Brian Whitmore traveled to the region to talk to survivors about the devastating effects of the war on their towns, their homes, and their lives.