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Greek Cypriots mark epiphany with vigil to Maraş

Hundreds of Greek Cypriots marked the religious holiday of Epiphany on Sunday in a rare vigil to the fringes of the abandoned Maraş (Varosha).

Greek Cypriots mark epiphany with vigil to Maraş

Photos: REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

By Michele Kambas

Against the backdrop of crumbling hotels and homes ringed with barbed wire, a Greek Orthodox priest cast a cross into the sea off the coast of Gazimağusa, symbolizing a blessing of the waters, and the manifestation of Jesus as the son of God.

Earlier, a liturgy was held within the walled medieval city.

"This is part of our being and we want to reunify the island," said Greek Cypriot Anna Marangou, who is from Maraş.

"We want peace, we want to bring up our kids and grandkids in ways where people are safe...It's a wish for a new year, its a wish we get our act together to do it," she said.

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