After the 2008 war, Moscow recognised South Ossetia as an independent state and began a process of closer ties that Georgia views as effective annexation. Nearly 1,000 people were killed while tens of thousands of Georgians living in the disputed areas were forced out of their homes. Prosecutors have said there is evidence that up to 18,500 people were uprooted as part of a "forcible displacement campaign" conducted by South Ossetian authorities, and that the ethnic Georgian population in the conflict zone was reduced by at least 75%. The International Criminal Court says it has "a reasonable basis to believe" that crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed and more than 6,000 alleged victims made representations to the court in December 2015. Georgia’s government built several refugee container camps across that creeping and frozen “border” after the war ended and most of ethnic Georgian displaced people are now living there, just a mile away from a major highway linking Georgia's eastern and western regions. Georgian villagers are experiencing a new border life, where the line is still uncertain and unmarked and many villages are reachable just passing through checkpoints and permissions. Walking trough that so-called no man’s land, they usually find themselves on the wrong side and under arrest by Russian border guards or local security officers. Russia built up 19 military bases to keep the situation under control and, along with South Ossetia, insists, using soviet maps as a benchmark, that it has to be considered as a border, while Georgia calls it “the occupation line.” Like Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, the border markings deep into what Georgia insists is its territory are slowly creating “facts on the ground” that are a reality that everyone has to deal with, particularly residents. The European Union, which has around 200 monitors in Georgia to keep tabs on the agreement that ended the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, also says there is no actual border, only an “administrative boundary line.” To help get people out of detention, recover cattle that have strayed into Russian-controlled land and settle quotidian disputes Europe’s monitoring mission organizes a monthly meeting of Georgian, Russian and South Ossetian officials. “I had to leave my village, Kurta, on 11 August 2008. Every time I remember the war days I can’t stop crying.” told me Emzari Karkusov, a refugee who lives in the container camp of Tserovani. Stuck in a limbo threatened by hypothesis of Russian aggressions and renewed occupations, the future seems to getting darker for those unknown and abandoned refugees.