Since the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in 1974 and the opening of the checkpoints along the "Green Line" in April 2003, the refugees are having a liturgy at their churches in the occupied side for the first time. Greek Cypriots have the Christian Orthodox faith deeply rooted in them, which characterizes them as people and society. Great bitterness is what they feel seeing their churches pillaged and ruined by the Turkish conqueror.
Feelings are mixed both for them and me as a Greek Cypriot. The photographic result could not be unaffected by the effect the very event had on myself.
The atmosphere is heavy; the pervasive indignation felt by the invaded, the intense emotion during the liturgy, along with fear by the presence of the regime’s secret police everywhere as well as many curious Turks. (Anikitos Hadjicharalampous)
The political and economic conditions prevailing in a country affect its citizens' groups and, in particular, the most vulnerable children. In Kenya, Kibera is the second largest slum in the world, but there are other smaller ones like Riruta. Most of Riruta slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $ 1.00 a day with a 57-year life expectancy.
As a member of a humanitarian organization, I found myself in St. Clement Orthodox Primary school, which numbers around 150 orphan children and is located in the Riruta slum. They are financially supported and managed by the Archbishopric of Kenya and in certain fields by the humanitarian organization too. All children are taught, fed and dressed by the special programs of the Metropolis. Moreover, there is a special room with beds for the children who want to rest and sleep after school. Late in the afternoon they return to the houses in the surrounding area where they are taken care of by relatives or foster families. (Anikitos Hadjicharalampous)