The Pain Will Never Go Away:Searching for the Disappeared People of Cyprus

In January, in a tranquil, overgrown field dotted with olive vines and fig trees in northern Cyprus, the remains of a 56-year-old man were pulled from the bottom of a well.

It marked the end of a decades-long quest for the truth for the family of Kyriakos Constanti Hadjisoteri, one of an estimated 1,500 Greek Cypriots who were forcibly disappeared following the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. They were not the first to go missing – a decade earlier around 500 Turkish Cypriots had vanished during another bout of bloody ethnic unrest.

Fought over by Greece and Turkey for hundreds of years, Cyprus never fully recovered from the 1963/4 and 1974 conflicts, which saw the island effectively partitioned into Greek and Turkish sides and more than 200,000 Cypriots expelled from their homes. While Turkish and Greek Cypriots to a large extent remain estranged, one question unites families across both communities – what happened to the disappeared?

Hadjisoteri’s mystery was finally solved thanks to the work of investigative journalist Sevgul Uludag, a Turkish Cypriot who started writing about the missing in 2002……..

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https://news.vice.com/article/the-pain-will-never-go-away-searching-for-the-disappeared-people-of-cyprus

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  1. DilaDila said:

    @BarbarosSansal İlber Hoca’nın bir lafı vardır: “Allah her devlete Türkler gibi azınlık nasip etsin.” #EOKA_B ???

  2. Alexy Flemming said:

    GREEK CYPRIOTS APPLIED BRUTAL GENOCIDE TOWARDS TURKISH-CYPRIOTS
    (PROOFS FROM UNITED NATIONS SOURCES ARE PRESENTED)

    Then–United Nations Secretary General, U Thant’s report: (UN SG S/5950, 10 September 1964, paragraph 180): “UNFICYP carried out a detailed survey of all damage to properties throughout the island during the disturbances; it shows that in 109 villages, MOST OF THEM TURKISH-CYPRIOT OR MIXED villages, 527 houses have been destroyed while 2,000 others have suffered damage from looting”.

    “MOST OF THEM TURKISH-CYPRIOT OR MIXED” means NONE of the SOLELY GREEK CYPRIOT villages were damaged.
    The houses damaged in mixed villages were the houses of Turkish Cypriots.

    i.e. GREEK CYPRIOTS APPLIED BRUTAL ETHNIC CLEANSING TOWARDS TURKISH-CYPRIOTS.
    http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/Chapter-VII-S-5950.pdf

    Greek Cypriots even killed 16-day old Turkish Cypriot babies.

    Greek Cypriots brutally killed Turkish Cypriot kids; the images:
    http://kktc392.tr.gg/Kibris-Katliamlari.htm

    Greek Cypriots brutally killed Turkish Cypriot kids; the images:
    http://www.t2174a.com/?p=8266

    Greek Cypriot EOKA B’s massacres on Turkish Cypriots:
    Dead bodies of Turkish Cypriot civilians at Sandallar (Santalaris):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maratha,_Santalaris_and_Aloda_massacre

    GREEKS’ MASSACRES over TURKS in Cyprus island:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Qpka2x6Tts4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2rJPzrU3Kg4

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