National Geographic : 2006 Dec
PH0T0J0URNAL JONAS BENDIKSEN Before Abkhazia's civil war, this building in the city of Sokhumi housed hundreds of families. When photographer Jonas Bendiksen arrived, an elderly woman named Tanya and her dog (above) were still sheltering in the bombed out wreck. "What freedom was won?" the weary 80-year-old asked. "Was it worth the price?" For ten rubles each, tourists visiting the Black Sea resorts of Abkhazia can have a picture taken with this entrepreneur's stuffed bear. Though the region has rejected Geor gian control and boasts its own constitution, president, and military, Abkhaz sovereignty has not been recognized by any nation-so Abkhazis must apply for Russian passports to travel outside their borders.