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USNARZ GORNY, Poland—The Polish village of Usnarz Gorny lies in the picturesque region of Podlasie, dotted with gentle hills, in the northeastern part of the country. From the perspective of Warsaw, this is the end of the world, where the road literally ends on the border with Belarus, which also happens to be the border of the European Union, and NATO.
The village has a dozen or so wooden huts, a metal cross on the main and only road, and mostly older inhabitants who graze their cows in the surrounding meadows. The idyllic atmosphere of this place has recently been interrupted by the steady roar of engines: Police pick-ups, military trucks, and border guard vehicles drive along the cobbled road. Behind them, there are television broadcast vans with satellite dishes on the roofs and ordinary passenger cars, from which journalists and activists fighting for the rights of migrants spill out. On a meadow divided by a narrow stream, there is a line of policemen, and at the checkpoint blocking the muddy road, there are masked soldiers with rifles.
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