14 Φεβ 2016

Όταν συναντήθηκαν οι Τ/Κ μνήμες αδικίας με τις Ε/Κ μνήμες πόνου… The meeting of T/C memories of injustice with G/C memories of suffering: Mr Nuri and Mr Liathi – from Paphos to Famagusta • Nuri Sılay





This is the story of my grandfather but actually this is one of the stories of Cyprus tragedy.  Thanks a lot Mr. Hüseyin Irkad and rest in peace.
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Nuri said,"Is it a crime or against the law to send clothing?
My sons are in Nicosia and badly in need of warm woollen clothing. I made arrangements with Stratos to take them up to the bases."
"The sergeant was in rage, "you will send their clothes now and after some time you will also find means to pass into the North. God knows you might go and settle in my house in Famagusta."
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While they were cleaning the house they came across some pictures. He could not believe his eyes. He looked at the pictures over and over agein. He called his wife over "Look at the man in this picture.". His wife gave a shriek of surprise. It was Sergeant Liathi, the police sergeant who arrested them in Paphos. His last words still echoed in his ears." You will go to Famagusta and get my house."
"He's sergeant Liathi." Said both of them.
They went over all pictures once more and in no time found his wedding pictures as well.
"Let's keep them all ," said the wife. I know one day they will come. Evil is not paid by evil but by goodness."
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"Uncle Nuri, you have visitors from the South.".
He quickly went home.
There was sergeant Liathi standing at the door with all the members of his family. Nuri shook the hands of everybody. Opened the door and invited all in. His wife was also at one of the neighbours . She also came home and greeted all in the same manner.
Liathi's face was red all over. He was obviously trying to hide his injustice he thirty years ago showed to Nuri.
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"Mr Liathi," he said, "I have no grudge against you. I want you to know that the rage I harboured for many years in my chest has subsided. May be you over reacted strongly in a way that I did not deserve..
Liathi was not ashamed to show his feelings; tears poured down his cheeks. "Mr Nuri. I want to ask your pardon for my inhuman behaviour. I hope you will pardon me"
They both stood up and stretched their hands to each other. They held each others hand warmly and strongly.
" We have both lived hard times. We Cypriots suffered very much. I hope we gain our common sense and will not allow the similar catastrophy to occur again." Then Nuri's wife brought the bundle of pictures she had so carefully kept.. "These belong to you. We could not throw them into the dust bin. We felt we did not have the right to do so "
Strong emotions could not be hidden any more.
Nuri said, "This is a proof of the proverb. Mountains do not meet but humans will one day come together."
Liathi said."We are starting the future today on the remnants of the past."
We will not allow the same to reoccur."







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