Reuters photographer Thomas Peter spent
time documenting Sochi's Circassian
community as the city prepares for the 2014
Winter Olympics. Circassians are a people
indigenous to the North Caucasus region, most
of whom were scattered across the globe by a
19th century tsarist military campaign that
caused the deaths of huge numbers. Many
Circassians have called for the killings to be
recognized as genocide, and have campaigned
against the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, set to
take place in the very same broad valleys and
mountain slopes they say hold the bones of
their ancestors. A delegation of Circassians
hailing from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria,
Turkey, Israel, Canada, Germany and the
United States travelled to the North Caucasus
to visit historic sites of their ancestor's
homeland ahead of the Olympics.
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