Destruction resulting from the invasion

The Turkish invasion of 1974 uprooted the 971 inhabitants of the village.
Taken by buses against their will, they began the road of exile. They were resettled in the Turkish Cypriot villages of Ayios Thomas and Plataniskia in the Limassol region. Others left Cyprus. All Eptakomi not only mourns the loss of the village and the land but those who are missing and dead.
One of the dead, the soldier Markos Markou, who was 20 at the time, was killing in a Turkish air raid on 20 July near Kontemeno, Nicosia, while the paralysed old man Charalambos Agapitos, grandson of Antonis the folk poet of Eptakomi, was murdered by Turkish settlers in August 1976 in order to frighten the 408 enclaved villagers into leaving Eptakomi. Another soldier, Andreas Afxentiou, is missing since the battle which took place at the Gate of Famagusta. Among the other missing are the Deacon Vasilis Yiannakas, the third year :aw student Mihael Sialounas. The other missing are the mayor Loukas Kyriacou, the teacher Antonis Konis, the rural constable Kyriacos Pierou, the driver Dimitris Charalambous, the builder Georgios Kasiouris and the farmers Andreas Konstantinou, Yiannis Yerolemou, Yiannos lambrou, Leontis Christofi, Dimitris Spyrou, Charalambos Michael and Adamos Sergiou.

In Ayios Thomas and Plataniskia the remaining villagers are refugees. They have set up temporarily a New Eptakomi with their churches which are a reminder of the churches of St Luke, St George and the chapels of the Archangel Michael and St Agathi in Eptakomi. The Bible, for so many years kept hidden and under guard in Ayios Thomas, is now being carefully restored



















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