Georgios Karyos

He was born in the village of Avgorou, in the province of Famagusta, in 1930.

He died on October 28, 1958 in the General Hospital of Nicosia, after being injured in a conflict with British soldiers.

Georgios Karyos studied at Avgorou primary school and was disabled in one of his legs due to damage to his kneecap. He worked as a train driver in the agricultural sector. By his fellow villagers he was characterized, for his activity, as a volcano in constant energy. He was active in the fight since 1952, while he was in Athens. He talked everywhere about the struggle and the Union. He wrote poems, animated and organized the youth for the struggle. With the start of armed action by EOKA, he took part in the attacks and ambushes of the groups in his area as a guard and signalman. He also transported fighters to attack sites and was responsible for hiding their weaponry.

On April 1, 1955, he was arrested and held for fifteen days. He was arrested again on April 4, 1957 and after being subjected to horrific torture, he was held in Kokkinotrimithia and Pyla detention centers. After the heroic death of his brother Andreas, in the Barn of Liopetri, he escaped from the detention centers of Kokkinotrimithia, without asking for the approval of Digenis. He crawled down a 20-inch pipe, about 150 meters long, that led to the entrance to the holdings and left as a laborer.

He joined the rebel group of the Morphou sector, in which he was accepted by the sector chief because he knew his family. In fifteen days the group was surrounded by English troops in Astromeritis, where house arrest had been imposed. The team made a death exit. Karyos hid and when the English soldiers spotted him, he attacked them with the only revolver he had. In the ensuing conflict he was wounded and arrested on October 19, 1958. He died nine days later at Nicosia General Hospital. His mother bid him farewell at his burial with her improvised couplet poem:

“Every forty days a son, for the homeland
I hope that Freedom will come soon”.

Two monuments were erected for the hero in Astromeritis: