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Turkey/Greece: Return to Gökçeada

Imroz was an island in the Aegean Sea that belonged to Greece - until the Treaty of Lausanne officially changed its name to Gökçeada and it became Turkish. Its villages went to rack and ruin and Turkey is now trying to get Greek families to return.

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Massive scale persecution against the local Greek population started in the early 1960s and in 1970, the name İmroz was officially changed to Gökçeada. Now there's been a government decision to reopen a Greek minority school there. The trouble is, the classrooms are empty.