RUSSIA CHECHNYA

A refugee woman carries a baby in cold and snowy weather as she waits to return to Chechnya through the Adler checkpoint near the Chechen border on Saturday, December 25, 1999. Despite fierce fighting continuing in the region about 50,000 refugees have returned to Chechnya rather than live in overcrowded refugee camps in the neighboring region of Ingushetia . (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)