Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Crying Sun: The Impact of War in the Mountains of Chechnya

Chechnya is located in the southwestern section of Russia. Chechens have rebelled against Russian rule from time to time since the 16th century. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, there have been two Chechen wars that have resulted in the deaths of between 35,000 and 100,000 people plus the displacement of hundreds of thousands fleeing fighting. “Mop-up” operations continue to seek out rebels resulting in extrajudicial executions, torture and “enforced disappearances.” The displacement of the population continues in this ongoing conflict.

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