A Nation That Opted For Divorce...May Find Itself Left Far Behind

In the tiny hamlet of U Sabotov, tucked away among forested hills in the heart of what was once the Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia, a kind of bloodless ethnic cleansing has taken place. Fallen wooden slats expose the darkness of vacant barns. Freshly whitewashed cottages fronting well-tended gardens lie next to shuttered ones where chickens root among abandoned vegetable plots. "There's no life here anymore," laments longtime resident Bogdana Horackova.

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