-On July, 20, 1974, Turkey, a large military power, invaded the small defenseless island of Cyprus.
-Thousands of Greek Cypriots died and thousands are still missing.
-Greeks were forced out of their homes in the northern part of the island to the south, Turks from the south to the north.
-The island was forcibly divided, inhibiting free movement and creating de facto separate regions.
-Local economy collapsed, infrastructure was disrupted.
-Arable land was seized, historical monuments were pillaged.
-Thousands of Turkish nationals were brought to populate the northern region and change the demographics of the island.
-Please join us in praying for and honoring the memory of thousands who perished during the invasion.
-44 years later, Cyprus is still divided – Turkish troops still occupy the island.
We will hold a Memorial here in Asheville on July 22.