For an island that is often referred to as the “Island of Love”, Cyprus sure has many tales of war to tell during her time.
Her location in the middle of the Mediterranean didn’t help as she underwent many occupations over periods of time but I believe none so heartfelt as the occupation since 1974.
If you are planning to visit Cyprus for holidays or to study, this is perhaps a story you would like to know and at least have some understanding of our islands’ history before you arrive.
They do say however, that there are 2 sides to every story – and these two video documentaries do appear to indicate this. They are quite long (a little under an hour for each one) so you might want to make yourself comfortable with a hot drink and a sandwich or two before starting!
Cyprus through my eyes….
I have visited both sides of the divide (I live in the Republic of Cyprus – the south) many times and so can appreciate the beauty of both. What I find difficult to comprehend is how for a nation that once lived together side by side for many years there is still no sign of the animosity waning. I cannot work out if it is each side of the divide still breathing in the atrocities that took place 38 years or so ago or if over the period of time new lives continue to be steadily indoctrinated by their elders….
It’s very sad but I hold on to the fact the Berliner’s managed to take their wall down in 1990 after it was erected in 1961 and continue to hold onto a small thread of hope that one day, the same can happen here in Cyprus. I fear that it may not be in my lifetime.
I try to remain outside the political debate regarding my new found home of almost 9 years as it has no personal effect on me and I have no Cypriot or Turkish relatives but please after watching, see if you can decide for yourselves if Cyprus can be as one again:
And then there’s this: A photo slideshow showing the effects of the 1974 war in Cyprus from a Turkish Perspective.
The music adds very much to the imagery.
Below is another contrast: “The forbidden city of Varosha”
It once was a hub of Cyprus tourism often visited by Middle Eastern businessmen for its’ casinos. It once held high rise luxury hotels. It still does – but nobody is allowed to visit any more.
Swedish journalist Jan-Olof Bengtsson, who visited the Swedish UN battalion in Famagusta port and saw the sealed-off part of the town from the battalion’s observation post, called the area a ‘ghost town’.