:: GREEN LINE ::

The Green Line, the line where the clock stopped in 1974…a place of silence and desert. A line that divides the Island of Cyprus, 112 miles from east to west across the island. A place where Greek-Cypriots people have been forbidden to pass or even come close to. Some people visit it to look towards the other side of the island in the hope that they may once again tread the ground they belong to.
And nobody knows when the barbed wires will be removed and Cypriots hear the magic words "you are now free to go to your home, to your village, to your land and the place where you were born. All the Greek Cypriots are living and hoping for that day. Hoping that it will not be too far away…"I live here because I hope, and I hope because I live here" words from a refugee woman who lives near the Green Line -1km away from her homestead.
Cyprus is divided by the Green Line which is known as the buffer zone. It strikes at the heart of Cyprus dividing its capital city (Nicosia) in two. It is the only divided capital in the world.

 
 

A line on the map, grim barbed wire on the ground that can be touched and felt and is forever present. A harsh sign of occupation. Behind the barbed wire lie the painful realities of invasion: occupation of 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, 3.000 dead, 1588 missing, 200.000 refugees in their own country, that is the whole Greek Cypriot population of the occupied areas.
Behind the Green Line barbed wire are the painful realities of the occupation, which are in sharp contrast to the declared principles of democracy and freedom adopted by the United Nations, the European Union, NATO and all free countries. These principles are being put to the test in Cyprus.


On the Green Line, history will be the judge of the credibility of the free world.
A line on the map, grim barbed wire on the ground that can be touched and felt and is forever present. A harsh sign of occupation. Behind the barbed wire lie the painful realities of invasion: occupation of 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, 3.000 dead, 1588 missing, 200.000 refugees in their own country, that is the whole Greek Cypriot population of the occupied areas.

 

 

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