The Cyprus buffer zone remains frozen in time, a testimony to the nation’s turbulent past. This year marks the 40th anniversary of a conflict that divided the island nation in two. The buffer zone is restricted to the general public, and no Greek or Turkish Cypriots are allowed inside. With special permission from the United Nations, photographer Neil Hall shows us a portion of the buffer zone. Read more.
March 10, 2014 A view shows the abandoned Nicosia International Airport, near the capital of Cyprus. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived estranged for decades. A power-sharing government crumbled soon after independence from Britain in 1960, and the island has been divided since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish invasion of the north in 1974. Four decades on, a United Nations-controlled buffer zone splits Cyprus east to west, with Cyprus’s ethnic Greeks living in the south and its Turks in the north. The buffer zone still contains crumbling relics of times gone by — abandoned houses, businesses, even this airport. Neil Hall/Reuters Buy Photo