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Re: Ellinas/Scordas family Koma Tou Yialou
Posted by: Elias Papakyriakou (ID *****8849) Date: May 07, 2002 at 09:09:03
In Reply to: Ellinas/Scordas family Koma Tou Yialou by Jeremy edwards of 500

Jeremy

OK I can help you.

Koma Tou Yialou in on the south coast of Karpasia. After the brutal and barbaric turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the locals stayed in their village until they were all brutally ethnically cleansed by the turks in 1974-76.

The brutal and barbaric turks have now settled anatolian peasants in the Greek houses and named the place Kumyali. It is very run down as you would expect after turks got in there. I have recent footage of the village.

Most Komiates now live in the free areas of Cyprus, but there is a very large and organised community in London which also holds an annual dinner and dance evry year. I know more about your village but nothing of your family.

You will have to contact some Komiates for that. Koma Tou Yialou also was the only village in Karpasia which had a bouzkia nite spote and restaurant by the sea. It was also the place where a Greek soldier, Grigorakis hid in a cave for over a year from the turks, until a humanatatrian mission freed him in 1975.

In addtion it was the only village in Karpasia which had a sizable communist presence (big in Cyprus), this led to clashes which resulted in the assastination of a the Communis leader in the village Tornritis in 1958.

Let me know if you need more info.

Rgds

Elias


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