Tens of thousands of Circassians, an ethnic group originating from Russia's northern Caucasus region, are believed to be living in Syria.
Many of them are now trying to return to their ancestral homeland to escape the ongoing violence in Syria.
The majority of the Circassian community supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and they fear reprisals if the opposition takes over.
Al Jazeera's Sue Turton reports from Nalchik in the northern Caucasus.
Source: Al Jazeera