My European Faces: Milena, a shepherdess, is Bulgarian, European

Milena, a Bulgarian shepherdess

Milena tends a flock of forty rare Karakachan sheep, an old Bulgarian breed with long, brown hair, and horns like corkscrews. She guards the flock with her dog and best friend, Vasil. Together, they criss-cross the Pirin mountains during summer. She doesn’t really follow European politics, but she is very concerned for her sheep, since the weather becomes more extreme year after year. Torrential rain falls, and sudden storms, but also long droughts, poor pastures, and increasing water shortages. Last year, when the ewes had too little milk, she bottle-fed the lambs, but couldn’t save them all. Milena is Bulgarian and European.

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