Ukraine, Kherson, September 20, 2014
Makhmud Manmedov, drinks tea on the terrace of the Turkish café 'Big Shef' that he manages in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. Manmedov is part of the Meskhetian Turks who came to Ukraine after Soviet troops kicked them out of Uzbekistan in 1989, where they had largely settled in and around the cotton-lined Fergana Valley. 70 years ago Josef Stalin deported the Meskhetian Turks to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan en masse in 1944 from Georgia’s mountainous region of Meskhetia on the border with Turkey. Now with the war in Ukraine some of the ethnic Turks are once more thinking about leaving.
Photo: Joel van Houdt