Face of Georgian suffering under Russian occupation


East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki has been in the Georgian town of Gori, near South Ossetia, this month documenting Russia’s military presence there despite a truce. Clockwise this page and opposite page, starting from photo above: Despite the Russian occupation, a refugee defiantly waves a Georgian flag, while a mother holding her son’s hand appears to be crying, as they head toward Tbilisi, hoping for a lift from a passing driver; a Georgian survivor of the Russian bombing stays behind in Gori; local Georgian residents receive free watermelons in Gori; refugees from Gori wait for someone to pick them up as a Russian tank rolls by.