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Kalo Chorio is a village situated in the Larnaca district, ten kilometers west of Larnaca and six kilometers southeast of Ayia Anna. Kalo Chorio means “good village” in Greek. Vouda was the alternative or probably the original name of the village. Vouda or Vuda was also used as the name of the village during the medieval period. Since the Ottoman period, the Turkish Cypriots have used the latter name. It is believed that Vouda is a corrupted version of the name of the mediaeval fief that was situated in the location of the current village.
Historical Population

As can be seen in the above chart, the village has had a mixed population since the Ottoman period. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, while the Greek Cypriot population fluctuated, the Turkish Cypriot population increased significantly. The Turkish Cypriot proportion of the village increased from 61% in 1891 to 77% in 1960.


No one was displaced during the emergency years of the late1950s, or during the intercommunal strife of 1963-64. However, the village served as a refuge for displaced Turkish Cypriots who fled from nearby villages such as Anglisides/Aksu(350) and Agia Anna/Akhisar(345) in 1963-64. Richard Patrick recorded 83 displaced Turkish Cypriots still living in the village in 1971. The first conflict-related displacement took place after the 1974 division, when all the Turkish Cypriots of the village left their houses and property and fled to the other side, mainly through the British bases. By the autumn of 1975 there were no Turkish Cypriots left in the village. Following their flight to the north, the majority of the Kalo Chorio/Vuda Turkish Cypriots were resettled in Gypsou/Akova(150), a village in the Famagusta district. The number of Turkish Cypriot displaced persons from Vouda village is estimated at 450-500.

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is mainly inhabited by displaced Greek Cypriots and Vouda’s original Greek Cypriot inhabitants. Much refugee housing was also built in the village by 1976. According to Goodwin, most of these displaced Greek Cypriots came from the Yialousa(205) area of the Karpasia peninsula. The last Cypriot census of 2001 put the total population at 1,343.  

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