The funeral of the village's oldest internee, Christina Foradari, who passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 103, was held on Wednesday at the St George's Congregational Church in Kormakitis.
After the Turkish invasion of 1974, the Kormakitis village is not controlled by the Republic of Cyprus. The territory of the community belongs de jure to the Republic of Cyprus, while de facto it belongs to the unrecognised pseudo-state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, called Kurutsam. Kormakitis is one of the four Maronite villages of Cyprus.
Relatives, friends and fellow villagers bid farewell to Christina Foradari, who was born and lived in Kormakitis, but passed away far from her beloved village, at the Agios Antonios Foundation where she resided for the last seven months, a statement from the Presidency said.
On behalf of President of the Republic Nikos Christodoulides, the Head of Humanitarian Affairs for Missing and Trapped Persons Anna Aristotelous attended the funeral.
In her eulogy she expressed her emotion, respect and gratitude, “bidding farewell to a woman who was a symbol for Kormakitis, an iconic personality of the occupied Maronite village”.
As Aristotelous said, Christina Foradari was born in 1922 and lived for a whole century in Kormakitis and after the Turkish invasion, she remained in the place.
“She taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren what it means to love your roots, your place, every alley of your village, where you played as a child, where you dreamed, where you lived your whole life,” Aristotelous said.
“To this woman we make a promise that we will make every effort to create a Home for the Elderly in Kormakitis, so that our incarcerated people can remain in their place. This is what they want. That is what Christina wanted”, Aristotelous continued.
Concluding, the Head of Humanitarian Affairs stressed that the President of the Republic, who had visited Christina Foradari, is giving his practical support to our trapped people. He added that enough has been done, but more will be done for the interned and resettled people who for 49 years have kept our Maronite villages alive.
Mrs Aristotelous laid a wreath on behalf of the President of the Republic.