Entry Title: "Voices of Cyprus"
Name: Alexandros Demetriades , Cyprus
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story|Political, Non-Professional
Entry Description: Cyprus remains a divided country despite its 'borders’' opening in 2003 between North and South and its accession to the EU in 2004. A referendum in 2004 under a UN backed plan failed to reunite the island.
Each community is locked inside its own sphere of influences and beliefs, blaming each other for bringing “unacceptable proposals” to the negotiating table.
Uncertainty and anxiety over the future persist, whilst old beliefs still linger like vestiges of the past. The result is a feeling of acquiescence of the present status quo but also sometimes of isolation.