The Green Line
In 1974, Turkish forces illegally occupied roughly 38% of Cyprus in a move that remains controversial to this day, this year marks the 40th anniversary of this invasion. Cyprus was split in two after a ceasefire line was drawn; this 'Green Line' stretches 180km across the entire country and is separated by a United Nations demilitarised zone. The buffer zone ranges from several kilometres at its widest point to just few meters through the city of Nicosia, which is the only divided capital left in the world. Over 200,000 Greek-Cypriot refugees fled from the Turkish invaders and numerous towns and villages in the north of the island were completely abandoned, many of which still exist today. The most infamous of these towns is Varosha in Famagusta; once one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, it now stands frozen in time as a ghost town. The 35,000 occupants of Varosha fled during the invasion and it has remained uninhabited ever since, fenced off, overgrown and slowly crumbling away.
Amber Banks Brumby • Jonathan Beck • Pearson Dixon • Alex Finlay • Benjamin Kay • Selma Lillefjaere • Ben McManus • Benjamin Swanson •