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Anarita is a village located twelve kilometers southeast of Paphos (Ktima) and two kilometers northeast of Timi. The origin of the name is obscure but Goodwin believes that the village was named after “anari.” Anari is a light cheese made from the whey of halloumi cheese. It is known as “nor” in Cypriot Turkish and “lor” in Anatolian Turkish. Until 1958, the village was a mixed village with a tiny Turkish Cypriot neighborhood 
Historical Population:

Anarita was a mixed village until 1958. As can be seen from the chart above, in the Ottoman census of 1831, Christians (Greek Cypriots) constituted almost 73% of the population. During the British period, the Greek Cypriot percentage of the population continued to increase, rising from 79% in 1891 to 95% 1946.


Due to rising tension in the village in 1958, all eight Turkish Cypriot families evacuated the village and sought refuge in Mandria/Yeşilova(322). Their houses were subsequently destroyed by some radical elements in the village, and as a result they were unable to return. The Turkish Cypriot Evkaf Foundation built eight refugee houses for the Turkish Cypriots of Anarita in Mandria/Yeşilova(322). Although some moved to the city of Paphos in the late 1960s, most of the displaced Turkish Cypriots from Anarita stayed in Mandria/Yeşilova(322) until 30 August 1975, when they were all escorted by UNFICYP to the northern part of the divide. It is important to add that, in July 1974, some Anarita Turkish Cypriot men (some were Fighters) had already been taken as prisoners of war, and were held in a camp in Geroskipou(306) and exchanged with Greek Cypriot POWs almost a year before the rest of the village was transferred to the north. The Anarita Turkish Cypriots were mainly resettled in Karavas/Alsancak(226), a village in the Kyrenia district. The number displaced after 1974 was around 40-50 (30 in 1946 census).

Current Inhabitants:

Immediately after 1974, this village was temporarily used for the resettlement of displaced Greek Cypriots who fled from the northern part of the divide. Currently, mainly the original Greek Cypriot inhabitants of the village are living there. According to the 2001 census, there are 368 persons residing in the village.   

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