Feature - The New Abkhazians
Since 2012 approximately 500 Syrian refugee families have left their war-torn homeland to settle in the partially-recognized Caucasian Republic of Abkhazia. While many nations were closing their borders to the waves of refugees, the Abkhaz government was happy to receive the newcomers, among whom were descendants of Abkhazia’s native Circassian people.
With Russia’s support, Abkhazia successfully gained independence from Georgia at the conclusion of the 1992-1993 war. Ethnic cleansing resulted in the deaths of 13,000-20,000 and displacement of 200,000-250,000 Georgians who had lived in Abkhazia....