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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Refugee camp stillness belies danger in Cyprus WwJiWMtey, October 16, 1974-THE LETHBRIOOC HERALD-37 AKHNA FOREST, Cyprus (CP) There is something biblical about the scene, a strange waiting and stillness in the refu- "The first few days here I could not stop myself from said one young man, and then he sloped away across the off-white earth, shaking his head in an abashed way. The foreign visitor's sense of suspended animation and immobility is odd, because ac- tually there is much motion in the refugee camp. It is as though a motion picture abruptly froze. The picture is too stunning to take in at a glance. More than persons are wandering about on mundane chores under the eucalyptus and tinder-dry pine trees, and hundreds of camp fires are burning because it is nearly time for the evening meal. "If we ever have a fire here, it will be worse than said a Red Cross of- ficial. Theodora Kynacou, busy with scrubbing board and ba- sin outside a tent, pauses briefly in her task of doing the family wash. "There are four of she said in Greek, indicating her children. "We come from Ayios Sergios." That village is near Fam- Miami Beach of 20 miles away, but behind the Turkish lines. "They have all come here because they feel safe near the said Sotiris Zir- kis, a district administrator. When Cyprus won independ- ence in 1960, the former Brit- ish masters retained two ereign consid- ered British the south shore of the island, at Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Greek refugees flocked to this district near Dhekelia when a Turkish army struck in northern Cyprus. Turkish villagers, meanwhile, ran for the Akrotiri to escape retali- ation by the Greek-Cypriot National Guard or army. "We have people in a district where in normal times we had said an area supervisor at Larnaca, the nearest town and once the most important centre in age- less Cyprus. Townsfolk today can use the lessons of the most famous son of Kition, now Zeno, founder of the Stoic school of philosophy. "On the road from Larnaca to here, the village of Xy- lotymbou is choked with hu- manity. Refugees who es- caped with only the clothes on their backs are bargaining in the lanes shops for everything from grapes to second-hand clothes and wash tubs. There are people milling about in the village o'f Beyond the Akhna Forest, persons have taken ref- uge at pop- ulation in tents and under the trees. Epidem- ics are feared in the fly in- fested area where it seems impossible to maintain sani- tary conditions The automobile throws up dust into the faces of refugees as we travel from one camp to another. They are lining up for the evening and Akhna Forest. These are mostly women. Men and boys gather twigs for the family campfires outside tents of all sizes and straw shelters. Some young men tinker with the cars and trucks that brought them here. "You will notice many of the women take only the said Panayiotis An- Increasing numbers admitting alcoholism WINNIPEG (CP) An increasing number of per- sons, especially women, are openly admitting they are alcoholics, an official of Alcoholics Anonymous said on the weekend. The official, known to members of the group only as Dave, said the stigma associated with a serious drink- ing problem is not as great as it was a few years ago. As a result, he said, more and more persons are coming out of the closet and seeking help for their problem. Dave, who lives in WinnipegTsaid the number of per- sons who attended the provincial meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous here on the weekend proves his point. The conference attracted persons from 64 chapters in Manitoba four times the turnout five years ago. CAREERS Well trained operators for hyd. hoMt trenches, pipe layers PRAIRIE DITCHING COMPANY Phone 327-t2M EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! Minium PirticipiliM Why don't you DISCOVER us and get acquainted with all the reasons that will make you glad you did. APPLY TO: raid THE CITY OF CALGARY OWL OMFTim Bectrte System. Bre ana ana Bec- reatlon BMocaflon assistance wffl be considered ApprorimaMy 00 etmuin presently wnder rettow) OUAimCATONS: Graduation from a two-year Orefttng Tedhnoto- oWs Programme or an equhtftom combination of experience and CLOSES: WtONBSOAY, OCTOKM M. opncams arc to Wbmti ippftcMora to confidence Outfitted Mr. Swn Tarasoff Employment BOX2100 Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5 toniou, Red Cross camp offi- cial. "They want to cook up something besides macaroni themselves, perhaps tinned meat. I understand it, but it is very dangerous here in the trees. When the rains come in November, and then winter, it will be worse, for other rea- sons. "We bake of these big loaves of bread a day, mainly at (he British base, and an- other 300 come from the'Lar- naca welfare office. "But the prospect of winter is very serious for this camp because it is only temporary. The government wants these people to leave here, but they feel secure near the base. We have only blankets for 000 people. The situation is not good at present. Doctors are examining 250 people every day but so far the complaints are minor." These are some of the 000 refugees'in tiny Cyprus, Greeks and the re- mainder Turks. Maj. Murray Smith of Can- ada, humanitarian offi- cer for the United Na- tions peacekeeping force, says virtually every village in the southern area of Cyprus has refugees, sometimes two or four, sometimes 400 or 500. Then, there are the Jbig camps like Akhna Forest. Four little boys, Michalakis, 12, Panayiotis, 3, and Ky- nacos, 10, crowd around a re- porter as if all was well with the world. With the hot Cyprus sun sinking in a crimson haze, Maria Sawa finds her two- year-old nephew, Chryso Louca, sleeping contentedly in the fold of a tent beside the road. 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