Villagers' Reunion Meetings

Villages are very important units of the Cypriot life. Eventhough someone might be living in a town (which is like a village in a large country) , they identify themselves with the village of their ancestors.

Multi-ethnic character of Cyprus showed itself in the life style of the villages too. Most villages have churches and mosques. There were mono-ethnic and mixed-villages. There are rivalries, competition, jokes and mythology associated with each village and its neighbours.

The ethnic tension that rose since early 20th Century in Cyprus hit the villages really hard. They were forced to take sides against each other. People became refugees. Finally, since 1960's practically there was a separation between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot villagers. The final separation occured after the bloody events of 1974. The older generation now lives with good and bad memories of the past without being able to meet their old friends. The younger generation however has no memory of living together with people from the 'other side'.

Past: Cypriot villager selling milk near the walls of a town

Making Change

Various youth groups and non-governmental organisations in Cyprus are organising re-union meetings between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot villagers' who used to live together in mixed villages. These meetings allow them to refresh their memories, catch-up with their old friends and introduce the younger generations to their older friends and their memories. So far several meetings happened for villagers from individual villages and one recent meeting where villagers from all around Cyprus got together

Today: Old Generation shared their memories of 'mixed-life'.

Meeting Pages:

  • November 5th,2000: Paphos district
  • September 24th, 2000: Larnaca district
  • July 9th, 2000: Kazafani Villagers' Re-Union Meeting
  • July 9th, 2000: Lapathos Villagers' Re-Union Meeting
  • July 1st, 2000 : Re-Union Meeting of Villagers from all mixed villages
  • June 25th, 2000: Potamia & Dhali Villagers' Re-Union Meeting
  • January 27,2002: Louroujina Villagers' Re-Union Meeting

    General Information:

  • A list of Mixed Villages ( pdf file ) and their population.
  • Today: Young Generation met 'the others' probably for
    the first time in a Villagers' Reunion Meeting.