the four villages | south cyprus | 2016
Sunday July 20, 1974 marks the 52th anniversary of the Turkish Invasion to Cyprus that still keeps the island divided. Cypriots still remember the unsettling wail of the sirens in the early morning hours, a stark reminder of the events of 1974. Memorial services will be held across the government-controlled areas for those killed during the operation, dubbed Attila by Turkey.
The July 1974 invasion cost 3,000 lives and injured thousands of others, while 1,619 people were reported missing. Meanwhile, in the Turkish-occupied north, various celebrations will be held to mark the Attila anniversary.
Photos of the ghost town of Famagusta and of refugees who bemoan realizing that they have lost their homes and their homeland. The article, entitled ” From Coast Town to Ghost Town,” is focusing on Famagusta, the city which in the early 1970s “was a top tourist destination, with golden sands, high-rise hotels and shopping precincts, frequented by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.”
“Today, the streets on the shoreline of Famagusta’s beach resort lie eerily silent, and have been for decades,” notes the author of the article presenting photos of abandoned places.
“Everything here has been frozen in time since 1974 – the year of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. These are the haunting scenes inside the city of Nicosia, which is now the only divided capital city in the world – separated by a UN ‘green line’ buffer zone,”
Zygi, Kalavasos, Chirokoitia, Tochni