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Gali: Abkhazia’s frontier with Georgia

A Mingrelian woman prays during a service at Gali’s only functioning church. Since the war with Georgia Abkhazian authorities have not allowed Georgian priests to remain in the region, instead an Abkhazian priest from a nearby town runs the Church in Gali....

Gali: Abkhazia’s frontier with Georgia

Transport is a major issue for the people of Gali. Most are too poor to afford a good enough car to withstand the potholed roads and there is very little in the way of public transport. As a result people often walk for hours from...

Gali: Abkhazia’s frontier with Georgia

Mirab Lejava shakes the branches of his hazelnut trees, so that the nuts fall down and can be collected by hand. Gali and its Georgian Mingrelian inhabitants are renowned for their hazelnuts, which fetch very high prices in both Georgia and Russia. However, farmers such...