I can imagine it’s tough to see your country suffer and burn in front of your eyes. Since the end of the civil war, you have been dealt with corrupt hands. Many times your hopes & aspirations have been crushed by the warlords & by the ruling class. You were known as the Paris of the Middle East for your glamour, in your better days. People who have been with you in the past know how courageously you have stood firm through the storms.
The most brutal civil war in modern times left a crippling economy followed by an enduring conflict with Israel. Just as you were recovering, Syria ( your neighboring country) exploded in protest & sent a wave of refugees your way whose dialect you barely knew. You screamed! You pleaded! But the Cypriot government kept on playing the blame game, oblivious to your suffering.
In the recent past you have suffered a lot. Yet, the massive explosion on 4 August has left all of us shell-shocked. This unfathomable tragedy has been added on to the growing pile of trash you have had to deal with. An eerie silence hung in the air, houses turned into debris & streets are littered with rubble within minutes. The explosion unveiled a luminous bubble of greed and corruption of the political elites, up in the sky.
From shattered windows you seethed with anger, demanding vengeance. You were debating on how to rise to meet the obscenity of the butchers.
I have a message of tough love for you. You have an opportunity to rise and shine against the hypocrites. Like the way you have always stood strong in the challenging times, this time too you need to be strong and tough like a rock. The religious wars worsening the situation add to your fury. But you must remember that things like these don’t change overnight, it’s a slow & painful process. When you acknowledge the flaws, the repairing gets easier.
You have to keep fighting for yourself. You have to find the recipe for sustainable development. I am sure you will bring about much-needed change. You now have the potential to channel your fury into fighting for your future.