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Photo 5 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Milana, is 23 years. Originally from Grozny, Milana arrived in Paris in September 2003 thanks to “ Etudes Sans Frontières”. A French humanitarian organization, created in March 2003 to help students who lives in conflict countries. She is currently studying in in Science Po : the new promotion school of journalism, created in the institute of Politics sciences in Paris. "I wish to become a journalist to inform people of what occurs in my country" Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 2 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Noura, is 46 years old, she is a Chetchnian refugee, she lives in Paris suburbs, in Savigny-sur-Orge. As a caring mother, she left her country to save her husband and her son " Russian federals are mainly catching the men since the beginning of the conflict" Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 1.2 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Bicatou, is 69 years old, she is in France since October 2003. She is originally from the area of Grozny. She asked for the services of a smuggler to go from Chetchnia to France, travelling hidden in a van. "It was difficult for me and for my familly to leave my country, as I used to live in Chetchnia all my life”. Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 16 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Former student in Chetchenia, Svetlana currently studies in a Paris university since 2003. This Chetchenian woman in exile, symbolizes the feeling “of waiting for peace” and the hope to go back to Chetchnia one her country will be free. Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 9 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Adam, is 50 years old. He arrived in France in March 2002. He waited nearly two years, before obtaining the political statute of refugee for him and his familly. Ex-serviceman, he was for Chetchenia independence, Adam is still chased by the Russians federals. He fled his country to escape to death "My 28 years old son, was killed by Russian federals. His death haunts me every single day ". Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 3b : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Milana, is 9 years old. She arrived in France in May 2002. Milana is still strongly affected by what she had to go through in Chetchnia. She was threatened and battered by Russian soldiers, so was her all family. The memory of violence and the traumatism she endures do not cease haunting her, she still has nightmares during the nights. Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photos 1.3: Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Rayana, is 4 years old, she lives in France since October 2003. Rayana arrived in France with Bicatou, her 69 years old grandmother. She goes to a French school in the Paris suburbs. "At school, I tell my friends that I feel French, I do not feel different from the other pupils " Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 4.2 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Alina, is 17 years old, she is originally from Grozny. Alina and her familly lived in the refugee camps in Ingouchie before settling in France. « I feel safer since my familly left Chetchenia ». Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 1 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Madina, is 20 years old, she is originally from Grozny. Madina lives in France since October 2003. She studies French, and litterature at the french university in Paris. "If Chetchnia was free, my family and mysef would return to live there". Copyright : Virginie Vican

Photo 4.1 : Europe, France, Ile - de – France, the Chetchenian community. Zalina is 20 years old. She used to study in Grozny university in Chetchenia. During the first war, Zalina and her familly lived in refugee camps in Ingouchie for a few months. When they realised that the situation would get worse, they decided to fled Chetchenia and settled in France. Zalina, is now studying in Paris, in “ La Sorbonne” University . "For my parents and Chetchenian people, hign education, is extremely important” Copyright : Virginie Vican