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Possible burial sites in Bogazi, Kyrenia

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 ΠιθανοΙ τοποι τφσμποκερειασ share information about possible burial sites of

After a cultural event I attended a few weeks ago, an elderly lady approached me. “I've wanted to speak with you face to face for a long time.” “According to what I heard, there were some 'missing' Greek Cypriots from Dikomos and they were buried somewhere in the area of ​​Bogazio Kyrenia, on the road from Nicosia to Kyrenia”. “Where could it be?” I ask her. “It's a huge area. On the road from Nicosia to Kyrenia, when you are in the area of ​​Bogaziou, you must look to the right. There, there is a very small forest, the trees have not grown so much. There they had buried some 'missing' Greek Cypriots from Dikomos that they had killed – I heard this when they were discussing it. Near this small forest, further down in a kind of valley there are some houses”.

I thank this reader of mine whom I had never seen before, and on leaving she tells me that I should not involve her further. “Of course,” I tell her. “Otherwise we wouldn't get information from anyone if we told the names of those who help us.”

 Πιοτοι στο&gamma ;ζιΚερειαςView from the military cemetery in Bogazi, Kyrenia. 

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<p >I'm calling another reader from the Bogazio area of ​​Kyrenia who has been helping me all these years. With his help we had found the burial places of many “missing” Greek Cypriots from the Kiomurtzou and Bogazi areas. I really respect what he tells me. “I wonder if the area your reader mentions is north of Yayla Bar. There is an area to the north of Yayla Bar and I had heard that some 'disappeared' were buried there. This area is not a military area, it is fields. I had also heard that some 'disappeared' were buried in the military cemetery in Bogazi, Kyrenia. One of the bulldozer operators had told me that they had buried some people there. He said that as soon as you enter the cemetery in Bogazi, after entering, they had buried some missing persons on the left side. Of course, I don't know if this area can be excavated or not, but it should be explored.”</p>
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The entrance to the military cemetery in Bogazi.

From various years

In 2010, some of my readers had given me information about possible burial sites in the military area of ​​Bogaziou Kyrenia and in 2016, one of my readers had shown us this area (from outside the military area since we could not enter or to take pictures, so that was roughly where he thought this possible burial site was). Then the Cyprus Missing Persons Investigation Committee got “permission” to enter the military area with my reader on September 5, 2016 and he showed them the possible burial site. My reader had gone to the military area of ​​Bogaziou in Kyrenia together with Xenophon Kallis who was the assistant of the Greek Cypriot member of the DEA and who passed away last year (may he rest in peace), Murat Soysal who was his counterpart and with Okan Oktay who was in charge of the excavations at that time. Murat Soysal is no longer here and Okan retired a few months ago. Since as a journalist I have never entered any military area throughout my investigations, since that is not possible, I could not accompany my reader, but that does not matter, since what mattered was that my reader showed possible burial site to DEA officials.

Information as of 2010

14 years ago, on May 30, 2010, I wrote about a possible burial site in the Bogazi area of ​​Kyrenia. According to the information from one of my readers, 14 Greek Cypriots were buried outside the walls of the military cemetery. We had gone to Yayla Bar with Ughur Umar who was the assistant to the Turkish Cypriot member of the DEA (deceased), with Xenophon Kallis who was his counterpart (deceased) and with Okan Oktay (who has now retired from the DEA). When I put my reader in touch with Ughur Umar, Kallis and Okan Oktay, he told them about what he knew. One very rainy night during his military service in 1978-79, he had slipped down a mountainside and fell into a hole. It was dark and he had fallen into this pit and he got out and went to his military post. The next morning when he told this to the warden of the military cemetery, the old man told him that he “fell into the hole where some Greek Cypriots were buried.”. The old man was telling him and other young men serving their military service about how some Greek Cypriots had been transported there in trucks and buried. The old man participated in these burials and as they were burying the Turkish soldiers and the Turkish Cypriot soldiers in the cemetery, they had once noticed a Greek Cypriot who had a cross around his neck. According to my reader the “missing” Greek Cypriots were buried outside the wall of the military cemetery.

It took six years for the DEA to get “permission” from the military authorities to take my reader to show the possible burial site he had told us about in 2010. He went with the DEA and showed them the area where the hole was into which he had fallen. Then, during the excavations of the DEA in the military area, they found some bones in a bag – apparently they collected them and put them in a bag – and these bones were identified and returned to the relatives of the “missing” Greek Cypriots for burial.< /p>

One of those identified and buried in 2019 was Savvakis Savva whose mother had died three months before his funeral and thus did not get to see her son's return to the family in a small coffin. Savvakis Savva was a young boy of 19 who was serving his military service. May he rest in peace.

A 'missing child' in Bogazi

One of those “missing” Greek Cypriots buried in Bogazí was a child – readers were telling me about the person who had buried him. I went and met him and he told me that they had brought a child wrapped in a blanket who had died in the makeshift hospital in Dikomo in 1974 and had buried him at the edge of the military cemetery in Bohazi. He had pictured in his mind this place where he had a tree, but the tree was gone and the cemetery had changed dramatically. The Cyprus Missing Persons Investigation Committee did some digging there, but found nothing.

When the outer walls of the cemetery were being built, some people working there found the bones of a child. I spoke to some readers and they told me the details and I shared this with the DEA years ago.

Another Greek Cypriot “missing person” who could be buried in the military cemetery in Bogazi was a Greek Cypriot who was killed in war in 1974 in or around Pileri. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the cemetery. I had posted accounts of this burial many years ago. I am very grateful to my readers who share what they know and come forward to point out possible burial sites. Thanks also to the DEA officials who secured permits for my readers to enter military areas to show potential burial sites. Let us hope that the bones of more “missing persons” will be found in Bogazi, Kyrenia.

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Source: politis.com.cy

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