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.”