Jan S. Krogh's Geosite: Kul'kishki (BY) – Sakaline (LT)
Divided Village – Viewed from Lithuania
This is the closest
Byelorussian house to the Lithuanian border, behind barbed Schengen
border wire... Photos from 16 April 2004.
The Schengen fence separates
close friends and neighbors from a life span. Photo towards south.
This was few years ago the
main street of the two villages. Now it is barely a track. Photo towards
This is house "A" on
the main photo. The husbond in this family is neigbour to his cousin on
the Byelorussian side of the fence, 90 metres away. Because of his frustration over the situation, he shouts out his anger on
any stranger around his property which he believes may be associated
somehow with the border authorities...
In the small yellow boot the
lonley Lithuanian border guard has his post. When he is away the locals
from both sides of the border meet, exhange medicines, newspapers,
telephone cards and any other useful stuff.
Behind the forrest was the
Lithuanian enclave and exclave of Pagiriai, until it was dissolved by
the border treaty of 1996.
Main street of Sakaline.
Towards east. Only about 1/3 of the former population still lives here.
It used to be 3-4 grocery stores here, now none is left. After the fence
was erected, the village slowly is dying.