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Photo: Julia Oldham

In this forbidden corner of the Ukraine, you will find hundreds of strays like Tarzan, Samantha, Mr. Aoo and a pup whose name means “Meat Pie” in Ukrainian

"There’s also something a little bit hopeful and beautiful about the idea of this zone that’s no longer habitable by humans that’s just turning into this lush forest that’s full of life.”

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Five years a slave

Shortly after he sold into slavery on a Thai fishing boat, Vannak Anan Prum saw one of his fellow Cambodian workers fall overboard. He and the other crew members rushed to rescue him, but the captain told them to throw the man back. It’s bad luck to save someone the sea gods have already claimed, the captain said.