1996 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Stories, 3rd prize
Photographer

Thomas Kern

Lookat Photos for Neue Zürcher Zeitung Folio

01 January, 1995

Refugees from the civil war in nearby Chechnya who have found shelter on the northern flanks of the Caucasus mountains. This republic rarely makes the news. For three-quarters of the year the people living in this rocky, inhospitable land are dependent on Chechnya for their grain imports. Numbering under two million, they divide into more than 30 ethnic groups, many with their own languages. They are united in their veneration for Shamil, a historic leader from the Czarist era, who stands for self-determination, and in their staunch brand of Sunnite Islam.

About the photographer

Thomas Kern

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