2009 Photo Contest, People in the News, Stories, 2nd prize
Photographer

Justyna Mielnikiewicz

for The New York Times

15 August, 2008

Male residents of the border town of Patara-Garedzhvari stand near a Russian tank. In August, fighting broke out between the Georgian army and separatist forces in the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Russian troops entered the region, which is home to many ethnic Russians, in support of the separatists. As the conflict spread beyond the boundary of South Ossetia, people fled their homes.

About the photographer

Justyna Mielnikiewicz

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