Turkey Euro 2020: Dark Horses?

It is no coincidence that the likes of Arda Turan and Caner Erkin, often the centre of controversy and disharmony, have been ushered out of the national team set up. The focus shifted to nurturing the younger generation, who were hungry for success and proud to represent their national team. Despite Turkey heading into Euro 2020 with the youngest…

Eurovision: How the Greatest Song Contest Has Failed Cyprus

Eurovision is supposed to be a symbol of national pride, and the power of representation through music. However, what Cyprus has presented for the past 40 years isn’t the full picture of Cypriot representation. It has sent a clear message not only to Europe, but to the whole world, that Cyprus is only for those that speak Greek…

From Root to Vine Podcast, Episode 7: Sex & Relationships

It was drummed into my head that “you’re going to marry a nice Turkish Cypriot man, and you are to remain a virgin until you’re married. You will lose your virginity on your wedding night and present your wedding bedsheets to your parents the next day…”

The Origins of the Evil Eye

It is said that there are three kinds of evil eye: the first is the unconscious evil eye, which causes harm and hurt unintentionally. The second causes harm and hurt intentionally, while the third kind is the invisible eye, believed to be the most potent, harmful, and feared…

The Origin and Irony of the Republic of Cyprus Flag

The Republic of Cyprus flag, which was intended to, and once did, signify peace and unity, has now become a symbol of lies and deception. For 58 years, the Republic of Cyprus flag has not represented a single Turkish Cypriot, despite claims that it represents the whole island…

Dobra Dobra - GibrisTV X Okkupied

Demel’s stance is clear, in her belief that unification won’t work on the island. While Ayhan may not want unification in an ideal world, he is anti-Turkey and definitely against the amount of involvement President Erdogan has in North Cyprus. Both opinions are…

Operation Atilla and the Atrocities Against the Turkish Cypriots

The majority of Greek Cypriots will forever view the Cyprus Peace Operation as an ‘invasion’, whilst the Turkish Cypriots who were saved from decades of racial oppression see the operation as an ‘intervention’. After the conflict died down, the horrifying atrocities of the Cyprus war were soon revealed. In several villages across the island, innocent…

A Collective of Women

This is a Man's World

When I tell you I’m emotionally unavailable, that doesn’t mean convince me to give you a chance. When I say I’m not interested, that doesn’t mean chase me. When I say no, that doesn’t mean pester me until I give in. ‘Boys like a challenge’, but I am not a challenge to be conquered. Women are not missions to be completed or prizes to be won…

Answering back

Nalan & Demel Mehmet

First Gen vs. Second Gen: Vanity vs Sanity

First Gen: It’s become the norm today to conform ourselves to look a certain way, almost like a uniform. Hair extensions, false lashes or extensions, teeth whitening…

Second Gen:
I could probably do with jaw filler, cheek filler and lip filler, but the fear of looking like a deformed blow-up doll takes over and I…

Nalan Mehmet

Lockdown: The Ins and Outs and Ups and Downs

From their mess to their mood swings to their meetings, having three other people invade your routine can all become very frustrating. And the never ending Amazon deliveries. Don’t get me started on how many times a day that doorbell rings! Living in limbo, not being able to plan anything and being unable to look forward to anything fun, living in constant uncertainty…

The Flag of the Turkish Cypriots

As well as commemorating the 84 Turkish Cypriots who were massacred in the village of Taşkent, the Turkish Cypriot flag, sitting proudly on the mountains of Beşparmak, is a symbol of the survival and existence of the Turkish Cypriot people, while the inclusion of the flag of Turkey pays respect to the Turkish Cypriot motherland and its efforts in rescuing the community during…

Ceylan Atakan

Brit in Kıbrıs: Locked Down Again

A period filled with loneliness, anger, frustration and the desperate need for physical touch and emotional intimacy that we as humans need for our sanity. Oh the irony! The irony that locking us away in our homes and keeping us from having any physical contact is only for our own sake and purpose! It’s ironic that these lockdowns have done us far more…
GETTING DEEP WITH DEMS

Demel Mehmet

Love is a Losing Game

We’re in love with the idea of love, but as a generation, we can’t handle love. We want everything to be sunshine and roses; girls want that princess fairy tale where a charming prince sweeps us off our feet, while most boys seem to want that porn fantasy where the only sound coming out of their dream girls mouth are affirmations of the size and skill they think they have…

Nalan Mehmet

Ignorance is Bliss, when it's not your Battle

If you keep adding to the fuse box beyond its capabilities, it will ultimately blow, and that’s what happened to me. I become overwhelmed more these days than I used to before. I like to say that there are two versions of me: the Pre-Breakdown Nalan and Post-Breakdown Nalan. At the beginning, I had convinced myself…

Turkish Cypriot Enclaves: Protection & Oppression

They were slaughtered, forced out of their homes, starved of resources and had their movement completely restricted. Even to this day, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus still face heavy embargoes as a result of the oppression of the Greek Cypriot government and their European friends…

Demel Mehmet

The Turkish Way

Three things have remained constant throughout my life; no boys, no sex before marriage, and no bad reputation. These are very Turkish Cypriot things that are bred into girls from generation to generation, and they are not very wild expectations to have as a Turkish Cypriot. This is just the Turkish way…

Seren Halil

From İnönü to Islington​

Perhaps the red shirts reminded my father of Galatasaray, but whatever the reason, my father and his group of mates chose Arsenal over Tottenham and for that I will forever be grateful, otherwise it would have been a lifetime of misery and failure for me…

Demel Mehmet

The Invisible Minority

Turkish Cypriots remain an invisible minority. We are not a recognised state. We are barely a recognised race. In the eyes of many, we are not even legal. To the rest of the world, bar Turkey, we ‘illegally occupy’ the northern part of the island, and too often, the term Turkish Cypriot is followed…

The Fall of the Republic of Cyprus

Despite being provided political and sovereign equality in 1960 under the formation of the bi-communal Republic of Cyprus, the rights and identity of Turkish Cypriots have been non-existent since 1963…

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Our primary focus is on, but not limited to, the Turkish Cypriot community. Okkupied aims to address misrepresentation and injustice through platforming the creative and editorial work of our community across essay, opinion, educational, humourous, lifestyle, and personal content. 

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Nalan & Demel Mehmet

First Gen vs. Second Gen: To Commit or Not to Commit?

Having been born to fresh-off-the-boat parents in the seventies, to say I was brought up old fashioned would be an understatement. My father…

As a second generation British Turkish Cypriot, raised by first gens who have fresh parents, I get it. My parents are caught in the middle, trying to please…

Nalan Mehmet

Cyprus: What Was and What Is

Born and raised in South East London, I was used to all the luxuries that we all take for granted day in, day out. Things that we don’t naturally consider a luxury. Simple things that they didn’t have in Cyprus like…

Ceylan Atakan

Brit in Kıbrıs: How it Began

In the summer of 2014, I had booked my ticket to my motherland, that being North Cyprus. I took the drastic decision to not return from my holiday and make the move permanent. My parents…