North Cyprus - 2009
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Graffito
Annita's viewpoint


We'd come to Cyprus to have a look at the Northern part of the island.
- The "Turkish Replublic of Northern Cyprus" as the Turkish side calls it.
- The "Area occupied by the Turkish army" as the rest of the world calls it.
The island has been divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974.

We started in the south, looking across the Green Line over to the city of Famagusta in the north.


We'd driven to Annita's Viewpoint, right on the edge of the border.
Annita has installed some telescopes on her apartment rooftop to view no-man's land - where she can see the house she was forced to leave in 1974.

Annita made us some tea while we read her news clippings of atrocities committed by the Turkish side.

The Green Line covers 4% of the island.

Here, beyond all the barbed wire, you can see a UN patrol crossing Turkish checkpoint.

Just under Annita's Viewpoint, is this graffito by Metopo - a Cypriot Student Movement:


IF YOUR HOUSE WAS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE BUT ARMED TROOPS RESTRICTED YOUR ACCESS... WOULD YOU ACCEPT IT?
Graffito

Annita's viewpoint
Through the telescopes, we could see the old resort of Varosha in the distance.

Until recently, this was as much as the Greek Cypriots could see of the north.
There are now a number of border crossings that have been opened up, including one at Famagusta.

Closed streets in Famagusta on the edge of the closed area of Varosha.

We're standing here outside the Palm Hotel where we'd planned to stay. It's the last hotel on bay, and the only one that's stayed open after the closure of Varosha.


Unfortunately, despite the hotel being open, all of the rooms were closed "for refurbishment". The receptionist suggested another hotel, about 10km away.

It's a huge resort on a lovely sandy bay.
And it's totally empty (except for a few Turkish soldiers) and eerily quiet.


You can see here how the sea wall is gradually crumbling away.


The black fence (below) marks the end of the beach that's open.



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