Pauline Read | the North Cyprus Bank whose name I now dare not mention

Who am I, what am I doing here, is it all worth it?

I expect those who regularly read my articles will be wondering where I am going with this. It is quite simple. In the last few weeks I have had cause to consider my position here and whether I am actually achieving anything by being so outspoken.

I came to North Cyprus to live out the rest of my days in peace and tranquillity. Of course I expected the usual ‘ups and downs’ associated with living somewhere new and unfamiliar, I expected a few health issues, I certainly did not expect to encounter anything I could not cope with.

I never wrote anything other than compositions at school and business letters during my working life. I did however have the same ambition as a lot of people, to write a book on my life experiences. It was on my ‘to do list’, you know, something you promise yourself but never quite get round to doing.

Well, the problems I encountered are now common knowledge thanks to North Cyprus Free Press and those problems have totally taken over and now control my life and every waking thought. They follow me into my sleep, when I am able to and for the first time in my life I find I need chemical help to induce sleep. I am not asking for sympathy, maybe I asking for a little understanding as to just where it is I am coming from.

I am very tired, I know my health is diminishing and yet I cannot seem to stop this feeling of outrage that has consumed me for so long.

It would seem that the Bank, who has already taken my villa, have not finished with me and now are pursuing me again. This time because of my writing. I shall not be mentioning them by name again. I am also asking the Editor to not mention the name in any headline over my articles.

I am aware that the Builder Abdurrahman Guney of Kulaksiz Construction Limited and the landowner Yuksel Yilmaz brought this nightmare into my life by taking out the mortgage using my villa as security. Without this initial act, none of what followed would have happened. I am aware that without this similar act by other builders the 1400 plus people in the mortgage queue would not be enduring their personal ‘nightmares’ either.

I will not give up my fight for justice for myself and others. I will remain in the Stop the Blackmail in North Cyprus Facebook group. I will however have to be a little more self protective in the future.

I have been told that I am PR disaster. I have no doubt that is true. What training have I had in the art of Public Relations, why would I have ever thought I would need such skills?

I will never give in, I will never give up, I will however try to be more careful in the future.

[Editor: from now on we will anonymise the bank and call it ABC]


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