Comments on: Searching for Circassians http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2014/01/21/searching-for-circassians/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: TamaraBarsik http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2014/01/21/searching-for-circassians/comment-page-1/#comment-355069 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:38:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=45353#comment-355069 150 years ago after Circassians were ethnically cleansed of their land Circassia, the Russians expelled the remaining survivors to modern day Turkey, forced to live in camps while they awaited the Ottoman decision on where to place them within the empire.

150 years later, 2014, the direct descendants of these survivors are now refugees because of the Syrian crisis, 150 years later they are living in refugee camps in Turkey. They have come full circle because they have no country to receive amnesty from. They have applied time and time again to Russia, only to be denied. The select few allowed in only on 3 month visitor passes.

Russia sent planes to collect Russian descendants from Syria, Abkhazia allowed Abkhazian Descendants to repatriate and Armenia took in Syrian Armenians.

Circassians have no Circassia, they are going from country to country begging for their lives.

This is only 1 problem that makes the Olympics and the Genocide of 1864 a modern day issue for Circassians. Everyone in the world is invited to the $51B party in Sochi, except the indigenous people who are expelled.

Would it cost Russia that much to repatriate a few thousand Circassians to their homeland, build them homes and villages? $10M, $20M, what is that compared to $50B?

This is what keeps old feuds alive in young hearts. There is no humanism or love in these games. Russia and the IOC are held accountable to the Circassians, a secular non-violent freedom loving people.

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