Region: Ivrindi (western Asia Minor)

 

 

My name is Sophia Nicolaou. I am from Ivrindi* of Asia Minor. I along with my husband and 8 year old son Manoli, escaped to the mill at Gkioun-Gkiorkes. Suddenly Turkish villagers appeared. They encircled the mill shouting wildly at us. Then they broke open the door of the mill and attacked us. In front of my now deceased husband and my son's eyes, they raped me many times. Then they slaughtered my son, and with their knives they sliced my husband up into pieces. They removed his intestines and made me eat his meat. They shouted at me telling me that if I didn't eat my husband's meat they would slaughter me as well. At that time gun shots were heard. It was the Turks shooting to signal to their own people that the Hellenic army was approaching. It was the unit of Baluk-keser [Balikesir]. When the Turks heard it they ran. And that's how I was spared. The soldiers soon learned of my plight and took me with them.

*Ivrindi was a town and district in the Marmora region of Asia Minor (today Turkey).

 

Source: Ei Mavri Vivlos, by Yannis Kapsis. Livani Publishers, 1992. p 9.

 

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