Syrian Refugees Grapple with Adapting to Life in Abkhazia

Can refugees fleeing war-torn Syria assimilate in war-torn Abkhazia? (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

In 2013, as Syria’s civil war raged, 23-year-old Samar Abaza opted, like hundreds of thousands of his countrymen, to flee his home for safety abroad. Yet unlike most of the estimated 2.5 million Syrians who are now refugees, Abaza sought to build a new life in Abkhazia, another contested land.

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Paul Rimple is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.

Syrian Refugees Grapple with Adapting to Life in Abkhazia

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