In the "Other Side" of Sunday Today, and to the journalist Christos Michalaros, spoke the Member of Parliament of DISY of Famagusta province, Onoufrios Koullas.
The shacks of Oroklini, the trade unionism at the University, London and the election in the Province of Famagusta by a man who does not worry about small things. "I always had an intense life, I wanted to be able to do a lot of things during the day. "I'm used to difficult times," he says.
My origin is from Agia Triada Gialousa, but I was born in the Hospital of occupied Famagusta, although this happened on December 19, 1974, after the invasion, as many of my fellow villagers, and others in Nicosia, had been trapped for more than two years. . We came to the free areas around the end of 1976.
When we arrived, we stayed in a makeshift camp with square wooden houses in Oroklini. The houses were identical, green and below they had a concrete base, while around there were green placards for partitions. I also went to kindergarten there. Things were difficult, the food was junk, but as children we faced the situation much more lightly than the adults.
We did not understand exactly what was happening, we were careless. Leaving Oroklini in 1980, we went to Dromolaxia, where with the financial help we received from the state we built a house, I grew up there and my parents still live there.
I give you, you say, the feeling of a very calm person and that is something that everyone tells me. There is stress and pressure to do certain things. What does not exist is a strong concern for some small and everyday problems. Few things are very important in our lives, such as health, family, children and what concerns us about our homeland, the European Union and the planet. I'm not one to drown in a glass of water.
Do you think that may have something to do with the fact that I worked for several years as a civil servant? I would not say that. I always had an intense life, I wanted to be able to do a lot of things during the day. I'm used to difficult times. Being a civil servant was one side of the coin.
On the other hand, I always had a strong involvement with politics and a strong association with friends, which made me feel that the hours of the day are short. After all, I'm one of those people who sleeps a little.
For its seat in Parliament
How much do I enjoy Parliament now that I am in? I would not say that it is something you enjoy. It is a difficult process. There are many discussions that go beyond the limits, others that make you tired and hurt, discussing the same things, but it is a big challenge.
My choice to leave the Civil Service permanently at a young age, having in front of me a long, confident, more carefree and secured course, came precisely because I saw it as a challenge. It is a challenge to be where decisions are made, to feel that submitting suggestions or convincing others will change some things.
Is it worth it to be an MP? I will tell you when I leave.