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, "Bill Tarkulich" <bill@i...>
> >From the forgotten western fringes of Ukraine, along the Slovakia
> live some of the poorest folk in Europe. Parents leave for jobs for
> a time. This is is a common phenomena. It's gone on since emigrants
> fleeing to America in the late 1800s, then to Prague in the mid 20th
> century. It is a phenomena that still exists in east Slovakia too.
> Christian Science Monitor has written a compelling but
> about life in these poor lands.
> It's worth a read. Attached also is a related story about the other
> the border, Slovakia, suffering a similar fate.
> Bill Tarkulich
> Children left parentless as migrants flee poor Ukraine
> By Arie Farnam | Special to The Christian Science Monitor , June
> POROSHOVO, UKRAINE - Along the banks of a mountain stream, village
> gather firewood to be used for roasting yet another meal of
> "That's all there is to eat these days, potatoes and more
> 10-year-old Stas. "That's why all our moms and dads left."
> This western edge of Ukraine is one of the most impoverished places
> European continent. Here, the Carpathians form both a natural
> between the former USSR and Europe - and an economic dividing line
> desperation and hope.
> Full Text: <http://audio.csmonitor.com/2003/0610/p07s01-woeu.html>
> A related story from Slovakia:
> Eastern region suffers depopulation
> By Zuzana Hab¹udová
> Slovak Spectator staff
> "HERE, it's the foxes that tell people good night," laugh the
> the easternmost Slovak village of Nová Sedlica.
> Situated no more than three kilometres from Ukraine, and five
> from Poland, Nová Sedlica is the gateway to the Poloniny National
> which has the greatest number of conserved old growth forests in
> It is one of the eight (formerly nine) villages of Uliè Valley, a
> micro-region centered around the municipality of Uliè, which,
> park's beautiful natural environment, is on the verge of extinction.
> The slowly dying out villages are not a new phenomenon in Slovakia.
> country's east, which is far distanced from the country's capital,
> depopulation is an increasing problem. And the entire Uliè Valley
is one of
> the most markedly obvious cases.
> Full Text: <http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?cl=13863>
Thanks for posting this, Bill. Very informative, but very sad.
Perhaps that's how my Karkos ancestors, a brother and sister, became
orphaned in Garany in the mid-1830s.
-- Terry L. Karkos, East Dixfield, Maine