The crisp silence embracing the mountains of Khulo municipality is only broken by the Mullah’s calls to prayer - in between, the 20,000-odd people living among the highest peaks of Georgia’s southern region of Ajara, live a simple, agrestal life.
The Call to Prayer
Driven from their homes by natural disasters, Muslim Georgians from Achara struggle to preserve their identity. It began with a landslide in 1989 that destroyed several mountains villages in Achara, a western region in Georgia on the Black Sea. Since then, approximately 9,000 families and about 37,000 people have fled their homes, relocating to other regions in eastern Georgia such as Tetritskaro, Marneuli and other areas where ethnic minorities live, the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from the Occupied Territories of Georgia states.
Looking for Home: Georgia’s Muslim Eco-Migrants
Between the capital's central station and the circus, there are places where a "sexual contract" is made and a body is traded for cash. Commercial sex is not legal in Georgia but has become widespread, according to a 2014 study by the international foundation Curation and the Tanadgoma Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health.