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The Green Line - Holiday in a Warzone - Cyprus 1974

The Green Line - Holiday in a Warzone - Cyprus 1974 [Kindle Edition]

Soner Kioufi
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A true story of a family holiday plunged into war, all seen through the eyes of an eight year old child. The short family break was extended to more than three months as they ran from village to village avoiding the fighting during the Cyprus 1974 war.

London born Turkish Cypriot Soner Kioufi has just completed his first book sharing the ordeal which unfolded in front of his eyes when he was taken by his mother to Cyprus in 1974 when war erupted between Greek armed forces and the Turkish army on the island.

“I start off with introducing my seven brothers and sisters living in a three bedroomed London council house, describing the hard times and how we all stuck together whilst our parents were out working long hard hours in order to support us. I write the book as I remember every detail as if it was just yesterday, and I believe I have successfully achieved telling the majority of the story as an eight year old boy.”

Whenever a report from a war-torn area appears on TV, a host of vivid memories flood into Soner Küfi’s mind. Those memories of turmoil, conflict and violence are recounted in this remarkable book.

It is the true story of a brutal war as seen through the eyes of a child.
In the searingly hot Cyprus summer of 1974, Soner, eight years old and on holiday with his mother and two younger brothers, found himself caught in the middle of a war zone.

The family’s idylic paradise on the Mediterranean island was shattered, first the Greek government engineered a coup d’état, then forces from Turkey intervened to protect Turkish-Cypriot interests and people.

As savage fighting engulfed sleepy villages and towns, Soner and his family found themselves at the very forefront of the horror – and wondering if they would ever return to South London.

“Looking back, some of the horrific incidents we witnessed, and the experiences we lived through, seem scarcely credible,” says Soner, whose Turkish-Cypriot father had stayed at home and had no idea what was happening to his family.
“They showed me, at a very early age, what man is capable of in warfare. They also taught me a lot about Cyprus, its history, its people and its troubles.
“I have wanted to commit the story to print for a long time, and I’m glad I now have the opportunity. If I have one wish for The Green Line, it’s that it will enable people to have a deeper understanding of Cyprus, and share the hope I have for the island’s future.”

Below comment about the book was made by a Greek Cypriot friend:

“I'm Greek Cypriot.
Soner is not, that is apparent in this book.
He's my friend and I've known him since we were at college together but nothing prepared me for this book. The memories he now shares with you are ones that even I have never been privy to.

It's an honest book, neither hyped nor unapologetic, and is a must read for both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots of our generation.

Cry.... With laughter you will.....
Parts will shock you...

He conjures up some images we, from the island are
all familiar with......some, thankfully not.....”

Maria (Georgiou) Christophi

We’re all going on a summer holiday

Thump! The dry Mediterranean heat introduced itself with a body blow as I climbed down from the Boeing 747. I’d never before experienced such temperatures; then again, I was only eight and my horizons up to that point had been limited to south London’s dull, grey skies. I knew little of the world beyond Tooting or what it had to offer.

The year was 1974, the place was Nicosia Airport in Cyprus and the experiences that were to follow will be branded in my brain for as long as I live.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957173903
  • Publisher: EYYA Publishing (28 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Soner Kioufi was born in East Ham, London, 1965. Worked in many fields including the Photographic and Travel industry, as well as The Home Office in the IND Communications Department as a web developer. His most exciting experience to date was being invited to a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street with former Prime Minister Tony Blair's web team. Soner has had a web design, development and printing business since 2000. In 2010 he had set up the Northern Cyprus Business and Telephone Directory called KIBKOM, which has over 100,000 entries on its database. Soner visits Cyprus frequently, both North and South - and hopes that one day the issues concerning the divide will one day be resolved amicably.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good unbiased story 21 April 2012
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This is a riveting read read, containing an unbiased view of what actually occured during the Summer of 1974 through the eyes of a child, a must have item if you are visiting Northern Cyprus to gain an insight of present situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Child's view 27 Mar 2012
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This book shows the 1974 war in Cyprus from a child's viewpoint. It is an easy read, but disturbing as well. The 'Cyprus Problem' seems to be unsolvable nearly 40 years on.
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I'm glad the accounts of the weeks before and after the 1974 conflict were not as violent as I have read elsewhere. What is heart warming is the life-affirming attitude of the protagonist and of his mother. Moreover, being from the 'other' ethnic group, and of the same age in years, my heart empathises with his fears or with those tormented souls such as his sweet grandma. I was only a child myself yet I was sensitive enough to realise from a young age that some how Turkish Cypriots were treated as 2nd class citizens by a vocal minority in the pre 1974 conflict. Such were the times, blind with hatred from some of us, blind from ignorance or pride to the point where we could not see the divine in the eyes of our neighbour- and hence the collective curse of war (crimes) that we have brought upon our heads. Everything in this account is narrated as it was back then and I can relate to it. Amongst the chaos of Hell that was unleashed in 1974, the voice of this little Turkish cypriot manages to find a glimse of heaven in a smile and in the care free activities of childhood. If only Cyprus was left to the children , as adults definitely have yet to cultivate the depth of spirituality that can embrace 'the other side', in themselves and all humanity in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Green Line 11 Sep 2013
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It was really interesting reading this, Being a greek cypriot myself, and having lived in the North of Cyprus at the time of the 1974 invasion, it was good to see what Soner exprienced in the war, a good eye opener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The stories that matter 2 May 2013
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Thanks Soner. I lived in Cyprus as a child (a British Forces child), actually on the dividing line in Limassol. Here, I first experienced discrimination...against the Turkish people. So saying, I feel there has been such tragedy for both Greek and Turkish Cypriots and to really under stand what has happened we need to hear the true stories and listen to the impact that false nationalism has on the people that get caught up in the battle. Please read this story of one family's experience. You will laugh and you will cry,
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book 23 Nov 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book, but it was let down by the poor binding, which meant that the pages started to come apart during reading. a shame
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 5 Sep 2012
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Purchased this book earlier this year. I am addicted to the history of the island of Cyprus having been lucky enough to live out there for over 10 years.

Those long hot summer days of 1974 are captured perfectly by Soner... A holiday which turned into both a nightmare and an adventure. The coup followed by the Turkish peace operation are all seen from a child's
eyes. The memory of my time on the island came flooding back.

The book does not take sides, it is simply a child's view of what was happening at that moment in time.

The book was so good I managed to read it all the way thro on a recent 4 hr flight to Cyprus.

In summary a great read .
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