Eighteen months after the Kosovo conflict, the Albanian town of Kukes is counting the cost of its co-operation with NATO.
It was recently nominated for the Nobel peace prize after taking in more than half a million (M) refugees during the war.
And it was promised a share of the "peace dividend".
But it has seen few benefits.
Instead, it has a border littered with unexploded mines which have killed an estimated 30 people and a massive unemployment problem.
Eighteen months ago, the war in Kosovo caused hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians to brave these mountains in search of safety across the border.
They poured into the Albanian town of Kukes.
This is the poorest part of an impoverished country, yet its 75 thousand people took in half a million refugees, often, into their own homes.
The refugees who'd fled with just the clothes on their backs were shocked by the greater poverty of their Albanian neighbours.
But what the people of Kukes had they shared.
Now, the refugees have gone home again, but Kukes has been abandoned.
Kukes was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but it didn't win.
It was told it would benefit from the so called "peace dividend" and it hasn't.
The town, according to the people who live here, is worse off than it was before.
Zenel Alia has a wife, four children and a two bedroom flat.
He took in 18 refugees and fed and housed them from money out of his own pocket for 2 and a half months.
Like many in Kukes, he feels the town has been forgotten by the international community now its usefulness is over.
"Kukes you know is, like, betrayed from the international people. Because they are doing nothing. Somebody says I am going to do airport, somebody says I am going to do hospitals, somebody says I am going to do this road or something, but nobody, nothing is changed".
SUPERCAPTION: Zenel Alia, Kukes resident
The airstrip was built to bring in supplies from the aid agencies or non governmental organisations.
The people of this isolated mountain town had hoped it would be covered in tar so they could continue to use it.
But nothings been done and by spring it will have been washed away.
A lot of people are unemployed.
"No investments, no project training and most of the N-G-O's that in fact were here during the crisis, which was more or less 30, they all left. Most of them to Kosovo, some of them in better areas, so these people remain again on their own".
SUPERCAPTION: Florim Ademi, Kukes resident
Some families have noone in employment and survive on 30 US dollars a months social assistants.
For the elderly there is nowhere else to go.
As for the young they see no alternative but to emigrate, legally or illegally and leave their mountains in search of a better life abroad.