We really are a tiny country. This little island we inhabit is so small that finding it on a small scale world map is a real quest. To sum up our history, for approximately the last 12 thousand years our fate has been that of a tiny island with a tiny people. Other, more powerful people made decisions for us (without us).
I can’t really speak for my great ancestors so I will speak about what I know. When I was born in the early 1980′ s Cyprus was still struggling to recover from the devastating consequences of the Turkish invasion in 1974 that resulted in the division of the island by half.
Even today, every single time I wake up in the middle of the night from a loud thunder or bang my heart throbs in fear of an air invasion, and I wasn’t even alive at the time.
We live in peace but in a kind of peace that is so fragile that always, in the back of our heads, we know that we can never be safe. Still, life happens despite wars and despite destruction. And that’s what we did, slowly easing ourselves into the same kind of comfort zone that most of you live in right now.
And suddenly, without a single loud thunder or horn as a warning, that is about to change.
For a few days there, I lost all hope. I, as almost every other person on this island have been glued on the television for days seeking something, anything, that resembles a flare of hope for the future. But I could not find any. Me, my family, my friends, all the good and hard working people in my country are going to be hit hard in the coming months, in ways that maybe we can’t even comprehend right now. But that is not the worst part. The worst part is realising that our future, our fate is out of our hands. That we are small and insignificant, little pawns in the hands of the great and powerful.
The last few days have passed in a blare. But today, all I wanted to do was listen to music. Whatever happens, nobody can take away the music.
People from the outside are amazed by the lack of a strong widespread social reaction to everything that’s happening. What they don’t realise is that we have been through and have managed to overcome a lot worse that this. We are a strong, courageous and proud people like all the people of this world are strong, courageous and proud.
What the big and powerful don’t understand is that there are some things that they can never take away from us. The cannot take away the sun or the cool blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. They can never take away our passion, our compassion or our solidarity.They can never take away our dignity. We will not fight to save a bank or fix a broken economic system but we will fight for the well being of the less fortunate. We will work hard to keep the dreams of our children alive. To give them a chance to built a future. That’s reason enough to live for. Life is, to be continued.