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Daily Life In Abkhazia

Georgia's breakaway territory of Abkhazia borders Russia and is just a few dozen kilometers from the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. Abkhaz separatists fought Georgian government forces in 1992-93, after which the region declared independence. Russia recognized Abkhazia and another Georgian separatist region, South Ossetia, as independent states after the August 2008 Russia-Georgia War, but few other countries recognize them.

People pass by the Council of Ministers of Abkhazia building in Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway Georgian region. The building was destroyed in the 1992-93 war with Georgia.
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People pass by the Council of Ministers of Abkhazia building in Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway Georgian region. The building was destroyed in the 1992-93 war with Georgia.

People enjoy the sun on the banks of the Black Sea in Sukhumi.
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People enjoy the sun on the banks of the Black Sea in Sukhumi.

A man fishes on a pier in Sukhumi's harbor.
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A man fishes on a pier in Sukhumi's harbor.

An abandoned boat on a beach in Sukhumi
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An abandoned boat on a beach in Sukhumi

A girl rides a swing in the town of Tkvarcheli, some 50 kilometers southeast of Sukhumi.
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A girl rides a swing in the town of Tkvarcheli, some 50 kilometers southeast of Sukhumi.

Local resident Vitaly Benia rests on a bench at an abandoned railway station in the town of Tkvarcheli.
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Local resident Vitaly Benia rests on a bench at an abandoned railway station in the town of Tkvarcheli.

A cow grazes in the town of Tkvarcheli.
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A cow grazes in the town of Tkvarcheli.

Elderly people stand in a queue to receive their pension payments in the town of Tkvarcheli.
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Elderly people stand in a queue to receive their pension payments in the town of Tkvarcheli.

An abandoned cable car in the town of Tkvarcheli
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An abandoned cable car in the town of Tkvarcheli

A woman counts money at a market in the town of Tkvarcheli.
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A woman counts money at a market in the town of Tkvarcheli.

A rooster on sale at a market in the town of Tkvarcheli
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A rooster on sale at a market in the town of Tkvarcheli

A vendor waits for customers at her stall at a market in Sukhumi.
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A vendor waits for customers at her stall at a market in Sukhumi.

An abandoned ore-mining and -processing factory in the town of Tkvarcheli
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An abandoned ore-mining and -processing factory in the town of Tkvarcheli

An abandoned gate near the town of Ochamchira, some 50 kilometers southeast of Sukhumi
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An abandoned gate near the town of Ochamchira, some 50 kilometers southeast of Sukhumi

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