A Hot Traffic In Warm Bodies...Is Kept Well Oiled By Corruption

In the south Albanian port of Vlore, it's business as usual--that is, nobody's doing anything much at all. Old men stare out to sea past abandoned hulks gathering rust in the scum-strewn harbor. Six-year-olds wander aimlessly along the crumbling waterfront or sit composing letters to big brothers and sisters who fled en masse a year ago, after the failure of huge pyramid schemes left thousands of families destitute. "We live on what our young people send us," says a local high school principal, Gezim Bharda. "Without them, we would starve."

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