From Georgia, Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine and the United States; the perpetual exile of the Ahıska Turks was part of Stalin's horrific deportations against ethnic minorities. The Ahıska were forced from their homes in Georgia to live imprisoned lives in Central Asia. After facing ethnic violence in the 1990s, persecution in the 2000s and currently as refugees; the Ahıska has managed to preserve its culture and sense of community. This report briefly describes the Ahıska, their deportation, their persecutions and the ongoing struggle to return home.
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Nat Hill is the Co-Director of Research at Genocide Watch and the Chief Editor of "The Call" Blog
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