Our team has a closer look at the situation in Cyprus to gain answer to questions like „How does it feel to cross the buffer zone of the United Nations only to meet your friends on the other side of Cyprus?“

Day 5 - 1.12.2014 - 22:24 - Cyprus -

GenSep Report: The adventure of traveling

The routes of Generation Separation are ambitious and exciting. Team Enemies reports about its trip from Cyprus via Serbia to Kosovo.

By Paul Nehf

The short Bangladeshi guy furrows his brow: „I’m sorry, you are late. I have to close in half an hour. And tomorrow is Sunday, I won’t be here.“ I take a deep breath. I know that begging is not one of my best skills. But we need to upload the videos now! In front of my inner eye I see Team Berlin already getting their knives out. Time for plan B. “How much do you want to let the computer running until Monday?”, I ask. The owner of the cyber café just next to our hotel in Nicosia looks at me for a while. Then he takes a calculator. I prepare myself for the upcoming bazar situation. How much will he say? Can I bargain him down to, let’s say, 30 Euros? “Okay…”, the Bangladeshi starts, “give me four Euro.” “Four?” I am astonished. Does he know that in this moment he is the life insurance for the GenZapp-Show of the following day? He probably is not aware. I give him ten Euros. It never felt so fair.

The next morning we (over)load our small rental car, press ourselves between all those bags of equipment and head towards the airport of Larnaka. Four pale ghosts after three days of almost no sleep. Leaving this beautiful island behind, the warm and friendly people, the stories around the inner-Cypriot border. Even the unofficially named Miss GenSep 2014.

 

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Protagonists of our GenZapp-Show: warm and friendly people (and Miss GenSep with sunglasses).

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Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 16:04 - Cyprus -

GenSep in Cyprus: Team Enemies visits the Peace Player Project


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 13:00 - Cyprus -

GenSep Guestbook: Intelligent young people want to leave Cyprus

 

A TEXT WRITTEN BY BLOGGER VASIA MARKIDES

The Cyprus “problem” as it is known, affects young Cypriots on a very deep level. The language of opposition runs through every fabric of society. You’re not this, you’re that. You live here, not there. You have this, not that. You feel this, not that. There is no room for grey to exist, which makes it difficult for young people to think outside the box. Their feelings have been shaped and molded by external forces since the day they were born. Whether by the parents, the schools, the media, or the military, they have been told what and how to think from the beginning. For this reason, many of them have accepted the status quo of division and moved into the realm of apathy. The quick wealth which came to Cyprus in recent decades (before the recent bank crisis and economic downturn) has created a generation whose majority is more interested in money, clubbing, coffee, cigarettes and gossip, rather than getting politically engaged and developing themselves creatively and intellectually. Lack of good leadership is also largely to blame for this. Corruption runs deep in the society.  Lesen Sie weiter…


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 12:37 - Cyprus -

GenZapp Day 4: The Cypriot’s hope of unification


Day 4 - 30.11.2014 - 8:36 - Cyprus -

Preview: Today in our show GenZapp you will ge to know Gökhan Varol from Cyprus


Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 20:29 - Cyprus -

In Conflict! „How to deal with the division nowadays“

In 1974 the Greek government supported a coup against arc bishop Makarios who was the President of Cyprus at that time. The Turkish army responded by occupying the northern part of the Mediterranean Island. Cyprus became a de-facto divided country. Until 2003 it was not possible to cross the controversial border. “In Conflict” gives people a voice who have an inside view on the problems. This time, in Cyprus, we spoke with Marios Kaminarides (33), a freelance journalist for the BBC, and Costa Constanti who works, besides his job at the Australian embassy in Nicosia, for the Cyprus Adademic Dialogue. The topic: about how to deal with the division nowadays. It has to mentioned that both are Greek-Cypriots.

Marios Kaminarides about his “lost home” and his refusal to cross sides

“I acknowledge that there is a Turkish-Cypriot community. Of course, I have nothing against them, I do have friends on the Turkish-Cypriot side. We are brothers, we both love our island. It is for all of us. It is one Republic of Cyprus where we all could live together. However, I refuse to accept that Cyprus is divided. I refuse to accept that I have to show my passport at the checkpoint and I refuse to accept the division between the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots.

The green line has impacts on your very personal life: Would you like it if one day you open your front door and you want to go in your room. But you can’t! Even today I don’t have the right to go back to live in the northern part. Me and many others would go back if they had the opportunity. My father is originally from the northern, occupied part of Cyprus. Due to the invasion in 1974 he had to give up his home to save his life.

The buffer zone separates the communities. Regardless of how long it takes, up to the time of our grandchildren, there are still the facts: We lost our home because Turkey decided to invade our country. How can you forgive that? The Turkish settlers and troops have to leave the island in order to get rid of the green line.”

 

 

Costa Constanti about people who are not afraid of themselves any more

I love the view because from the top of my office Nicosia looks united. It is just the flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the mountains that give away that something is not right.
There is so much room for improvement. Your political activism should focus on re-unification, not blaming each other. Why is your concern more important and why is their concern less important? Empathy is the key, the understanding for each other. You have to talk about it with and learn.

The Turkish-Cypriot are still under Turkish occupation. Of course, 5 to 10% will see it differently, but most Turkish-Cypriot that I know say: ‘I don’t care if we are unified or become our own country or not, whatever the case is, it’s going to be joyful.’ I just read about something that is very true: the green line separates people who are not afraid of themselves any more.”

 


Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 15:20 - Cyprus -

Choices of Voices in Cyprus: What would you change about Europe?


Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 11:18 - Cyprus -

Ham and Ask: Team Enemies’ breakfast with Costa Constanti from Cyprus


Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 10:01 - Cyprus -

Saturday morning and team Enemies is already at the gym… The Peaceplayer Project at Argos is for everyone, important to note here in #Cyprus. #gensep


Saturday morning and team Enemies is already at the gym… The Peaceplayer Project at Argos is for everyone, important to note here in #Cyprus. #gensep via Instagram http://ift.tt/1B1AAGj

Day 3 - 29.11.2014 - 0:03 - Cyprus -

The city of #Varosha is a symbol for the conflict on #Cyprus. Our team visited the rocky shore of #Famagusta in order to take a close look at the ghost town. Find the whole story on our website #gensep #TeamEnemies #Enemies

The city of #Varosha is a symbol for the conflict on #Cyprus. Our team visited the rocky shore of #Famagusta in order to take a close look at the ghost town. Find the whole story on our website #gensep #TeamEnemies #Enemies via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rCD3nV

Day 2 - 28.11.2014 - 21:31 - Cyprus -

One more thought: Daniel Peters in Cyprus


Day 2 - 28.11.2014 - 13:30 - Cyprus -

Sometime you have to look down when you are walking. Street art in Nicosia, #Cyprus. A #gensep conflict in one picture.

Sometime you have to look down when you are walking. Street art in Nicosia, #Cyprus. A #gensep conflict in one picture. via Instagram http://ift.tt/1vsIdkk

Day 2 - 28.11.2014 - 11:05 - Cyprus -

GenSep Report: Arriving and Anniversaries

By DANIEL PETERS

It’s midnight. Passing buzzing bars on a Thursday night. I just keep on walking through the streets. But suddenly the picture changes. All these young people sitting outside of their favourite bars, playing backgammon or listening to live music one minute ago are suddenly gone. Welcome to dead land, welcome to the buffer zone.

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At midnight the streets in the Greek part of Nicosia are still crowded.

It takes only about four hours by plane from Berlin to get to the last divided capital of the European continent: Nicosia in Cyprus. Divided by a border control. The Turkish Northern part and the Greek part in the South eyeing themselves with old hatred. At least that’s the impression we got from all the research on the conflict.

25 years ago the Berlin Wall fell into pieces. Every year people, young and old, remember the spirit of these days, celebrating the freedom that came with it.  An anniversary at its best. 1989, that year was a promise of peace all over Europe. Isn’t it bizarre that in today’s Europe there is still a capital with a real border?

Cyprus is still divided by a border.

2014 has been a year filled with anniversaries for the Cypriots. 50 years ago the United Nations peace-keeping mission started due to a raise of ethnical conflicts. In 1974, the situation escalated further between the Greek and the Turkish troops, resulting in the separation of the island. And just ten years ago things got really turbulent: A referendum concerning the re-unification of the island ended up negatively. Still Cyprus, meaning both parts, became a member of the European Union on May 1, 2004.

Back to those young Cypriots in Ledra Steet, Nicosia’s pedestrian zone. Even though everyone is able to cross sides since a couple of years, they don’t know any better than this separation. They grew up with it, they live with it – just like the Germans before the wall came down. We would like to know, 25 years after the biggest European turmoils in the European history, if there is a slight chance for a new anniversary.