Published: 14 Jul 2016 | By Monica Ellena

The frozen conflict in slow-motion

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Border issues in Georgia and South Ossetia

Photo Credit: Monica Ellena
Photo Credit: Monica Ellena

The recent breakout of overt military confrontation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region once again brought to the surface the fragile
balance that communities endure along the lines of the conflicts left behind by the Soviet Union. The frozen conflicts, as they have been labelled, have been more about fire than ice, and civilians struggle to move on with their day-to-day lives.

In the suspended fight between Georgia and the breakaway region of South Ossetia, Davit Vanishvili is one of the symbols of this endeavour. Eighty one-year-old Vanishvili, an ethnic Georgian, and his wife, an Ossetian, have lived all their life in Akhali Khurvaleti, a hamlet about 60 kilometres west of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. In summer 2013, the elderly couple woke up one morning and discovered that geography was being re-written.

You can read Monica Ellena’s article in full in the Summer 2016 Bulletin.