In August of 2008, open warfare erupted between the Republic of Georgia, on one side, and on the other side the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia, along with its Russian patrons. The war, which lasted only five days and took place in a small, little-known country, was quickly forgotten by most in the West. But within the Republic of Georgia, the war displaced tens of thousands, creating a lasting internal refugee crisis, and this on top of the previously existing refugees from Georgia’s earlier wars, in the early 1990s, with the self-declared republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
No Path Home examines the experiences of these refugees as they were uprooted, relocated and run through the confusing, opaque processes of the humanitarian aid apparatus. The book will be published by Cornell University Press in 2017.