Rhodope Mountains

The ancient Rhodope Mountains of southeastern Bulgaria, on the border with Greece and Turkey, are home to the Bulgarian Turkish minority, which forms about 10 percent of the country’s population. In the late 1980s, Bulgaria undertook a campaign, called the Revival Process, that sought to force all Bulgarian Turks and Pomaks (Bulgarian Muslims) to change their names and erase their cultural identities. Since then, the local population has been distrustful of the government in Sofia, even after the communist regime collapsed. Image by Dimiter Kenarov I pulitzercenter