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THE OLD WAYS STILL WORK: Ilinka Petrovska, 80, and her husband, Vanga, 82, plow their field near the Macedonian village of Stence. The couple has worked this plot throughout their married lives, almost 60 years. They have worn out many shoes and many mules, but the field sustains them with vegetables, rye and wheat. Their village is in sight of Cegran, one of the largest Muslim villages in Macedonia and the site of the fastest growing refugee camp filled with ethnic Albanians. Many Macedonians have been concerned that the influx of Muslim refugees could upset the ethnic balance, but the Petrovskas, who are Orthodox Christians, say they have always lived in peace with their Muslim neighbors.
[Times photo: Jamie Francis]