"We see the graves of our ancestors through pictures"
Maka and her daughter, Barbara, walk to the main elementary school in the Tserovani displacement settlement in the Republic of Georgia.
Barbara was born in displacement.
Once Barbara is in school, Maka returns home to do chores inside the family home in the settlement.
After school, Maka carries her daughter, Barbara, back into their home.
They get ready for school in the morning.
They watch TV and play
Abel watches his granddaughter, Barbara, inside their home in the Tserovani displacement settlement in the Republic of Georgia. "These kids know nothing about Tskhinvali," Abel says. "We show them pictures. Not our own pictures but those available on the computer. We recently saw some pictures of the graves of our ancestors. Once we are gone, there won't be anyone to struggle for our return. I accept that their motherland is here now. Life goes on."
Abel keeps a few pigs and one steer near his home in Tserovani. "Our life [in South Ossetia] was one of abundance," he said. "Here we live hand to mouth, day to day."
Abel leads his only steer from the fields to his makeshift barn in Tserovani. He hails from a small village called Khani where he and his family had a lot of land and agricultural bounty. "We had thousands of apples and free flowing water," he said. When troops arrived during the conflict, he said, "they thought that they were in paradise."