Jake Borden

In Ruins – Displaced Georgians in Tbilisi


On the outskirts of Georgia’s capital, Tblisi, an abandoned military hospital from the bygone Soviet era serves as a refuge to some one hundred and fifty families unable to find jobs and affordable housing. Tweny-five years after the fall of the Soviet Unions, the occupants represent a fraction of the nearly quarter million internally displaced people inside Georgia, who in 1993 were forced from their homes during government clashes with Russian backed separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.



Local government pays little attention to the building, and when they do it’s to cut off electricity and water which residents have diverted through a jerry-rigged lattice of wires and pipes. Two decades after the conflict, many hold out hope that they will one day be able to return to their homeland and reunite with long lost family members.




Short Bio

Jake Borden is an American photojournalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2015, Borden began assisting VII founder and National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer, managing his extensive archive in the Berkshires and assisting him while abroad. Inspired by Stanmeyer, Borden set out to tell stories of that had the possibility for social impact at home and abroad. He is currently working on a longterm project in Lebanon exploring the lasting social impacts of conflict through the VII Masterclass program, and has had work published by international news outlets such as the BBC and Vice News.


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