The Elders and the four students meet Veli Beidoğlu, a Turkish Cypriot, and Spyros Hadjinicolaou, a Greek Cypriot, both of whom lost their fathers during the conflict.
After many years, their fathers’ remains were recovered by the CMP and returned to their families – something Veli and Spyros never expected to happen.
Seeing his father’s bones, Spyros says, was a form of closure, but it also made him angry. “It’s something that personally, I still cannot process – because it’s murder.”
The two men are members of a bi-communal initiative of relatives of missing persons, and hope that their common loss can form the foundation of a shared, peaceful future.
However, Veli cautions the students against painting a rosy picture. “Not all families, not all relatives, are like Spyros and I. There are a lot of people who will not even look at each other.” Trust, he says, is key to developing a shared understanding of the past.