Great efforts are being made in Greece to relieve the suffering of refugees and the unemployed among the Greek community in Cyprus.
MV and CU The Odysseus alongside quay (2 shots)
MV & CU Supplies unleaded from ship and onto lorry (3 shots)
CU Lorry laden with supplies drives off
CU Students bidding farewell to friends behind wire fence
MV People bearding ship (2 shots)
CU Student bidding farewell
CU Onlookers through fence
CU Students saying farewell to friends
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Background: Great efforts are being made in Greece to relieve the suffering of refugees and the unemployed among the Greek community in Cyprus.
Especially valuable help has come from shipowners who have loaned ships to ferry supplies to Cyprus.
One of them, Mr. Potamianes, has offered the services of the Odysseus to the Greek Ministry of Education to take much-needed provisions to Cyprus and bring back, free of charge, Greek Cypriot students to study in Greece. The ship arrived in Limassol on its first trip on Saturday, (7 September) and was quickly unloaded.
On the quayside the students ??? educational refugees - kissed friends and relatives goodbye.
The Odysseus is expected to make several trips before all the students have been taken into at least temporary exile.
SYNOPSIS: The Odysseus arrived in the Cyprus port of Limassel on Saturday with Much-needed supplies for the troubled island. The trip was part of the Greek efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Greek Cypriot community. The ship had been loaned by ship owner, Mr. Potamianes, to the Greek Ministry of Education for use in the Cyprus aid programme.
The provisions are vital for an island where one in three of the population are refugees.
On the return trip, the Odysseus will have a sadder cargo - educational refugees, students being carried free of charge to Greece to continue their education.
There were emotional scenes at the quaysid as these young and talented refugees left friends and relatives. The odysseus will be making several trips taking students into temporary exile. Some may never return to live in Cyprus.