Michael Kaili


He was born in the town of Lysi, in the province of Famagusta, on April 13, 1933.

Lysi is currently Turkish-occupied.

He died during a conflict with British soldiers, on August 23, 1958, in Lysi.

Michael Kaili was an orphan from his mother. He finished elementary school in Lysis and as the oldest brother, he joined biowrestling to help his father in raising his siblings. 
He joined EOKA in July 1955 and was assigned to the Lysis strike groups. He was wanted on August 10, 1956 and fled to the guerrillas with the wishes of his father, of which he was very proud:

“Go, my child. I accept you dead in my house, not as a traitor”.

He took part in many attacks against the English with the Lysis subsector rebels and other Lysis fighters. In these attacks Sialos distinguished himself for his bravery.

“We saw boldness and bravery, which we have never seen before in anyone. “ recounted his fellow competitors.

In the attack of August 1, 1958, outside Lysi towards Kontea, when the military cars appeared, Michael rushed into the middle of the road and started firing at them with his automatic French weapon. The drivers of the military vehicles were confused and the soldiers lost them. By the time they came to their senses and started shooting at us, we dropped them and retreated. We were impressed by his self-sacrifice. Michael, with the many gifts he was endowed with and the humor that distinguished him, was the cheerful note among us”.

On the night of August 23, 1958, he and three of his fellow fighters were ambushed by British soldiers, while they were transporting a large quantity of weapons to be hidden. With the “alt” ordered by the English, Michael shot and hit the first English soldier, according to the testimony of Panagis Larkos who survived. He threw one of the two grenades he was holding and five other soldiers were killed. But they received fire from a second group of English soldiers, from which Michael fell dead. The second of the grenades he had was found in his hand, an indication that, although badly wounded, he was waiting for the English to approach, in order to bring about better results by throwing it and giving his competitors the opportunity to escape.


The hero is mentioned on the Lysi EOKA heroes monument in Larnaca: