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The nine-year-old boy who fled war-torn Cyprus for London

A family that fled Cyprus following the second Turkish invasion in Aug 1974 has shared their stories about how they rebuilt their lives in London after becoming refugees.

Baz Bedrossian was just nine years old when his family fled their home. They left behind all their possessions at their home in Nicosia.

He recalls how he had learn to adapt to new environments and learn a foreign language.

Since Turkey invaded Cyprus’ north coast in response to a military coup supported by the Greek government, Cyprus has been divided.


Despite the efforts of the United Nations and European Union over 50 years, there has not been a resolution. This makes it the longest unresolved conflict within Europe.

This has meant that generations of people have learned only the island’s division.

Video journalist Olivia Demetriades

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