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Stable Instability of Displaced People in Western Georgia: A Food-security and Gender Survey after Five Years

JOSE LUIS VIVERO POL

in Journal of Refugee Studies

Volume 12, issue 4, pages 349-366
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 0951-6328
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1471-6925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/12.4.349
Stable Instability of Displaced People in Western Georgia: A Food-security and Gender Survey after Five Years

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The Caucasus is one of the most troubled hotspots in the world, with the Georgian—Abkhazian conflict already lasting seven years. In conflict between 1992 and 1998, more than 100, 000 people have been displaced to western Georgia, many of them twice. The paper examines the way this exile has severely affected their gender roles in production activities, with the collapse of the Soviet Union exacerbating the situation. Displaced women have increasingly become main household income earners working in petty trade and agriculture, while displaced men have a reduced role and an apathetic response to the situation. The paper examines the main food sources, concluding that there is no lack of food availability or food access, and highlighting the importance of the kinship network between the host and displaced community. Finally guidelines for future programmes are suggested, with a recommendation to include projects targeting men.

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Human Geography ; International Relations ; Aid and Relief Programmes ; Refugee Studies

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