With the Turkish invasion in July 1974 more than 250,000 Greek Cypriots were forced to flee their homes abandoning all their property and possessions. Turkey, transferring all the Turkish Cypriots to the northern part of Cyprus, created an illegal "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" that it also settled illegally with Turkish citizens. Since then the two communities live separately with the United Nations responsible for the security of the islands "buffer zone", a dividing line also called "Green Line" that stretches the entire width of the island.
With the signing of the European Communities "Asuncion Treaty" on 16 April 2003, by the Cyprus Republic 29 years later, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash decided on 23 April 2003 to lift the measures of constraint that disallowed entry to the "North" all Greek Cypriots by allowing a one-day entry permit to be issued.
From the very first days thousands of Greek Cypriots gathered at the Ledra Palace roadblock, one of the checkpoints. Crossing over to the occupied territories they spread out in all directions, eager to visit their towns and villages. Arriving at their destination some found their houses in ruins, other abandoned, others occupied by Turkish Cypriots or Turkish settlers or even Europeans. Some occupants welcomed them, others closed their doors and refused to communicate. The churches, the cemeteries and every other part of their cultural heritage that the Greek Cypriots had been forced to leave behind in 1974 has been pillaged and plundered, left to the ravages of time and today in unkempt and in ruins.
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November is the month of transformation. Grey sky, heavy atmophere, people lost in thoughts.
The long sunny days are long time gone, the romantic but cold atmosphere surrounds us.
Black goes out to be processed and wrapped in light, we prepare for a new beginning.
Only the colours give us hope for a bright future.
Thank you November day! (Text and photos by Florina Luput)
A group of people come from the neighbouring villages to Corcova, to harvest the wine grapes. During the harvest, they spend the nights in a house close to the vineyard. There is no TV, no Internet, no shops nearby, no network signal for the phones.
So people wash up, cook, eat and then go to sleep early in the evening to be able to start a new working day at 5 am.
They were kind enough to let me spend two afternoons with them and with their families, and I am very grateful for this opportunity.
September 2016. Corcova, Mehedinti, Romania (Text and photos by Mihai Ciama)