Wittenberge, Germany - FDR
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A man pushes his two-year-old daughter on a tricycle on a destroyed
street in Wittenberge, a depressed eastern German city that has lost a
third of its population in the last decade, on July 6, 2003.
Depopulation is a problem plaguing hundreds of towns and cities
throughout the formerly communist east as nearly two million people
have left the depressed region in the 14 years - mainly because there
are no jobs. Some places may turn into ghost towns in coming decades,
demographic experts warn. TO GO WITH FEATURE STORE
BC-GERMANY-DEPOPULATION REUTERS/Manuela Hartling