In limbo: surviving closed borders

Author: Giorgi Bolkvadze


Countless Georgian families once depended on seasonal work in neighboring Turkey to support their families. That work became one more victim of the coronavirus after the pandemic forced both Georgia and Turkey to close their borders.

The new reality has been especially difficult for families who resettled in a makeshift community on an abandoned Russian military base near the Turkish border. Once dependent on work in Turkey to survive, now they must make due with state welfare and a one-time compensation payment of 300 lari (slightly less than $100).

The video was made by Giorgi Bolkvadze a couple of weeks ago.

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