Voices from the village Lofou, Cyprus - Myrofora Neocleous
A 2001 population census recorded that Lofou had ten (10) permanent inhabitants. On Friday, 8 July 2016, and as part of the Xarkis Festival, on the grounds of the local church we had a chat with one of them, Myrofora Neocleous...
"...I was born in this village in 1950. Together with my four (4) brothers and sisters we attended the local primary school. Life was good for us... Our childhood was very happy... We had no worries. Later we had to leave the village and attend high school downtown..."
"...My father was a very smart man. We had land, lots of it... agricultural land, so he would grow things, grapes and carob trees... We would also produce Zivania (Greek: ζιβανία, a Cypriot brandy produced from a mixture of grape local dry wines). We had our own wine, flour, olives, grapes... He was a good businessman my father, a good trader... Later he became the village president for thirty-five (35) years... My father died about ten (10) years ago at the age of ninety (90)..."
"...I left the village in 1962, as soon as I completed my primary education. I went downtown to the high school there... My parents had land down there at the periphery of the town in Ypsonas, so we had to stay there for a month every summer to look after the land, the crops... Eventually, we ended up living down there and only visiting the village on occasions... We built a house down there, our kids grew up down there, so we stayed there... Away from the village..."