Photojournalist Ekaterina Anchevskaya spent 10 days in the Pankisi Gorge, where local efforts to develop tourism are being hampered by a history of unrest.
Dozens of people, mostly police, were injured in the clashes. Anchevskaya, who witnessed the violence that day, says for many of the Pankisi protesters the planned dam rekindled painful memories. “They already lost their homes in Chechnya,” the photographer told RFE/RL. “They are refugees and they are afraid they will lose their homes again.”
Leila Achishvili (center), a guesthouse owner in Jokolo whose two sons were killed fighting in Syria, at dinner with tourists.
Photographer Anchevskaya told RFE/RL: “In Pankisi, they say if you are a guest of someone in the village, you are the guest of the whole village. These people have been through a lot and still face prejudice and conflicts, but they respect their guests, traditions, and nature they live in, and they want to share it with others.”