This is the article about a friendship. About the man who was born in Dikomo and passed his youth years in Kyrenia, serving his Cyprus till the last second of his life. He passed away today 11/11/2019.
He took refuge in 1974 in Nicosia but never forgot his friends from the beautiful years of his youth. He was raised in the mixed neighbourhood ,where peacefully Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were living, sharing all what life can bring. Happinies, sadness, life and death, celebrations and funerals. And in between the best olive pie I eat , backgammon games in the nearby coffee shop, fishing excursions towards Kyrenia sea shore, and dreaming, dreaming of the world without wars!
Panikos Violettis was my friend for last two years. I think that it was exact time for us to meet as we both had before stereotypes which were somehow not allowed us to think freely with more of common sense employed. He passionately loved history and real history. It was an eye opener for him. He knew what to look for and how to classify all those informations into the beautiful,meaningful mosaic. For new generations to be more awake than ours, he said.
The word which accompanies Panikos is togethernes. Togethernes which can unite all of us! Which will help to unite his love! The Island of Cyprus! He, because of his work, knew so many events and characters and was well aware about the mentality and thoughts of average, hard working, family values oriented Cypriots. He had a dream ! He had a dream of one Cyprus! Of united, prosperous, respectful Cyprus. Of hospitable and happy Cypriots. He was of the opinion, like me , that patriotism is to unite not to divide! That to be the true patriot one needs to practice togetherness. With all the people. With those up and those on the other side of the law. With those down and those in the middle. With anonymous and eponymous. In a word with ALL the people. Panicos was the man who conected people showing them that Cyprus can function for the good of all !
He respected to be respected. His words were following his deeds. In practice and in hard every day life Panicos showed how one should act to be a MAN !
One of the moments showing how Panicos was respected has happened recently.
Namely we visited Kythrea begining of April this year. In the bus with us there were some new faces of our compatriots who joined us for a short but very emotional trip.
One of the men in the bus with whom I started to talk asked me usual where do I come from etc.. and then after letting me know where he lives and works asked me :” Is this Panicos Violettis?
He remembered him as he looked at one of the Panicos hands whith injured fingers.
I met them and he said that Panicos was his officer and that he was the real leader helping all in need during difficult years Cyprus was passing. “Itvwas and still is difficult to find people as Panicos” Barberis concluded.
Being a man is difficult and Panicos carried all that difficulties with honor and pride of being Cypriot. And serving Cyprus.
This is not cliche it the truth! Panikos will be remembered for generations to come for his future oriented work and pure human genuine ideas of togetherness and brotherhood.
Dear friend , may the memory of you be eternal !
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