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The Vlachs of Greece

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Submitted by George Mara (United States), Mar 11, 2007 at 20:48

Excellent article. I am a Vlach from USA (first generation). We still speak Vlach at home and in our community of 200+ families. The Vlachs have always been at the forefront of Greek life, whether in politics, culture, business, or professions. They are fast losing the language, though many villages still retain it, but the young are losing interest. But they are also in Albania, FYROM, and Romania, where they also hold many important positions.

Unfortunately, they have no country to call their own, save for each country they inhabit. Consequently, with an unwritten and archaic language (it can be viewed in The Unesco Red Book of Endangered Languages of Europe (as Aromanian), it will be difficult for the language to survive much longer.

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