February 5, 2023
By Ismail Veli…….


In the last few years social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have revolutionised human behaviour like nothing else in history. The ability to communicate and exchange family photos, rediscover relatives and friends from across the globe and make new friends is unprecedented in the field of mass communication.

In addition people from different backgrounds have discovered that far from being indoctrinated by political media this form of interaction has helped people understand that perhaps we as humans in addition to our rich diversity, have much in common. Not that there are no drawbacks, for with the positives we also see the negative groups o

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f prejudice and political bickering also carried into these forums.


Cyprus, a case in point, has seen tragedy like few countries in the world. Conflict, upheaval, bigotry, prejudice, indoctrination and misconceptions to mention just a few have all played a part in tearing the island apart. Politicians either unable or unwilling to solve the problem have failed all sides.

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Some Facebook groups are trying to bypass this failure by countering with what most Cypriots and friends of the island wish to see, that is the sharing of common ideas based on shared values and love for the island. Frozen Cypriots the brainchild of Salahi Akinci and Eren Erdogan began the group in early December 2013, and after only 15 months the membership has shot from zero to almost 4700 and still growing. The Administration of the group is managed by a dedicated group of individuals from diverse ethnic groups. One look at the group and it’s easy to see why please click here.

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Thousands of historical images from 1859 to the present, old time stories, local myths and folklore plus a strictly non political agenda have given people an opportunity to interact and share their island’s knowledge without the fear of political bickering or personal grief.

Perhaps it’s time the politicians stood back and reflected on their abysmal failures and pick up some tips from such social media groups, which have helped find lost friends after 50 years, find photos of relatives no longer with them and above all appreciate that if there is one thing we all have in common it is the love for our country of origin, regardless of what part of the globe we live in.

5 thoughts on “Memories of Cypriots frozen in time

  1. Another excellent article once again Ismail Veli., thank you . The reasons you have stated are to why the Social Media has been an addiction for young people and older people alike. In todays world communication across the world has become so easy for us which is a great advantage . Thank you Cyprus Scene !

  2. Thank you Ismail Veli you have done us proud with your write-up. Facebook has changed peoples attitudes on both side of the divide for good. The extreme nationalistic still suspecting or pointing finger to us from being one sided. Far from it, we don’t allow any political or imagery items to be published, however we can’t be on the Facebook 24/7 sometimes it gets away but doesn’t stay on too long as our members notify us within short period of time and we deal with it.
    Personally I am very proud of our site and likeminded people. We have had enough turbulent in our resent history of Cyprus, we deserve better. We all scattered around the globe to different countries living far away instead of land our place of birth suited to kings and queens. Quick stock take on the membership reveilles 60% of people lives in other countries.
    I hope to have a whole island and one nationality in the future, we deserve nothing less.

    1. Thank you Eren, the hard work and dedication of not only the administrators but countless members who contribute to Frozen Cypriots speak volumes for the integrity of the group. As for peoples accusations of nationalism, its just hogwash. The group is as diverse as any I have witnessed. Its clear that they prefer to rock the boat simply because they either don’t understand or wish not to support such a rich and diverse group which has support not just from Cypriots but the friends of Cyprus. Keep up the good work.

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