Photos on the sidelines of a Cross Border South Caucasus Workshop in Egypt

Late last month through to the beginning of this one I was in Egypt to present for and facilitate a cross-border workshop for journalists and analysts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as well as the disputed territories of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno Karabakh. Unfortunately, I didn't pack my proper camera gear and travelled light with my tiny Nikon V1. Obviously, Egypt has an incredible history, but also some incredibly photogenic kids as well.

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Deinstitutionalisation of Children in Georgia

As I’ve already mentioned on this blog, in November last year I again ventured out with EveryChild, a British children’s charity with a country office in Georgia, to document the process of deinstitutionalisation in the country. The field trips also included returning to Kutaisi, which I had visited in 2007 for the Newport-Kutaisi Twinning Association and EveryChild.

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Working Tbilisi’s Streets

It was probably the least boring and most touching Second Day of Christmas I’ve ever spent: 26 December 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Two lawyers, a journalist/photographer, and an artist – between us 7 nationalities — took to the streets to meet some extraordinary kids. Extraordinary because of their lust for life, the capacity to flirt with and attract strangers, and their sense of business as well as knowledge of various languages at a very young age. But also extraordinary because of the conditions they are forced to live in.

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Street Kids of Tbilisi — ქუჩის ბავშვები თბილისში

As 2013 draws to a close I find myself ending it as I started — working on the issue of street children in Georgia, and particularly Tbilisi. It’s a personal endeavour so I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I’d like, but even so I’ve built up some close bonds with children working on the streets over the past year and plan to work more thoroughly on their situation in 2014.

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First Step Georgia, Kutaisi

Last week’s field trip to Kutaisi with EveryChild and EveryChild Georgia saw me pay a return visit to First Step Georgia, a local NGO working for children with special needs. The last time was in 2005 when I visited their centre in Tbilisi while also looking at the situation of children with disabilities enrolled into Soviet-era institutions, now thankfully closed.

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