CMP in the News

Mar 05, 2017

Thousands of deaths, secret mass graves and decades steeped in anger — small but strategically located Cyprus has much to teach the world about the poison and polarization of unchecked nationalism. 

 

Hate does not give up its grip easily. And here, the past consistently sabotages the future.

For more than 40 years, the Mediterranean island has been divided into north and south.

Even before that, outside forces have coveted — and taken — pieces of the island. Neighbours turned on neighbours. Canada stepped in decades ago and has had a crucial role in trying to keep the island safe.

And now, the most promising peace discussions in years are in jeopardy after talks collapsed in late February. They are on hold indefinitely.

This is a look back at the decades-old disputes still dividing the island.

Mar 09, 2017

There were 84 skeletons, all in one place.

It wasn't the first, or the last, mass grave Ceren Ceraloglu would search, but the feeling of standing over that particular pit, with its staggering number of victims, has stayed with her.

A field archaeologist with the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, Ceraloglu has been sifting through the most painful parts of her island's past.