Sukhumi in the spotlight: hope amid the ruins of a pro-Russian breakaway state

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The capital of Abkhazia, a disputed territory claimed by Georgia, has endured much hardship since war broke out 25 years ago. But while their international isolation persists, locals are hopeful of a brighter future

Towering over the Black Sea city of Sukhumi, Abkhazia’s abandoned parliament is a poignant sight. Burnt beyond repair during a secessionist conflict between this picturesque territory and Georgia in the early 1990s, the 12-storey building remains as a striking reminder of a traumatic past.

“We have plans to reconstruct it,” explains the breakaway state’s leader, Raul Khajimba. “Finances are the main issue.”

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