‘The invasion in all its reality’

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At the Lobby for Cyprus Refugee voices event of July 2016. Helen Anastasi gave an account of her visit to her family village of Ayios Amvrosios in occupied Kyrenia. Continue reading

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My ‘pilgrimage’ to Ayios Amvrosios

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A society uprooted: a Greek Cypriot refugee from Ayios Amvrosios holds her photo album – one of the few belongings she took with her as she fled for her life with her family in 1974 © Lobby for Cyprus

Christopher Toumazou tells his story of visiting his late mother’s village of Ayios Amvrosios in the Turkish-occupied are of Cyprus. Continue reading

Return to Morphou

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Maria Nicolaidou addresses the Refugee voices seminar. She fled as a refugee from Morphou while Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 © Lobby for Cyprus

At the Lobby for Cyprus Refugee voices event, Maria Nicolaidou, who is a refugee from Morphou gave an account of her emotional return, as a visitor, to her home town in the occupied north of Cyprus. Continue reading

‘My visit to occupied Cyprus’

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The church of Antiphonitis in Ayios Amvrosios, once the hub of village life has been looted and left in a state of decay © Lobby for Cyprus

At the Lobby for Cyprus Refugee voices event, Liza Matsangou, the daughter of Cypriot refugees, gave an account of her family’s brief return to their occupied village of Ayios Amvrosios, in the Kyrenia district of Cyprus.  Continue reading

Refugee voices: seminar report

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Memories of life before and during the Turkish invasion of 1974: A teenage refugee from Ayios Amvrosios in Kyrenia fled with few belongings such as these family photos and her diary, in which she documented a day-by-day account of her escape with her family. Her brother, also shown above, was listed as missing. His remains were recently found and identified. His hands were bound, and the injuries inflicted on him suggest he was taken prisoner and murdered by Turkish troops. © Lobby for Cyprus

In the summer of 1974 Turkey invaded and ethnically cleansed the northern areas of Cyprus, in violation of international law and ethical principles of civilised conduct. To mark 42 years since the Turkish invasion and continued unlawful occupation of one third of the Republic of Cyprus, Lobby for Cyprus held an evening of presentations that focused on those often overlooked during political negotiations: the refugees. Continue reading