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The media reported on the discovery of the missing man thanks to a tree sprouted from his stomach. But this is not believed by all

Cypriot disappeared 44 years ago, but there are several versions of what happened.

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In Cyprus, thanks to a fig tree sprouting in an unusual place, it was possible to find Ahmet Cemal Hergune (Ahmet Cemal Hergune), who died 44 years ago. According to one version, the seed of the tree sprouted right in the stomach of the deceased. However, the media questioned the veracity of this story.

From 1963 to 1974 in Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were in conflict. Because of the confrontation, hundreds of thousands of Cypriots became refugees, a few hundred more disappeared. Their search is handled by the Committee for the Search for Missing Persons in Cyprus. One of the found and was Hergun.

The Turkish edition of Hurriyet reported that in 2011 an unnamed researcher drew attention to the fig tree that grew in the rock, which is unusual for such trees. During the study, he found three bodies and turned to the police. They just found out that among the three dead was Hergun.

Remains and things of people found

The investigation showed that the cause of death of the three men found was an explosion. He was so powerful that he broke the wall of the cave and gave a light source. It was thanks to the light from the stomach of Hergun supposedly sprouted a fig tree.

Sister Herguna Munur (Munur) told The Mirror that her brother could eat the fig tree fruit, and that’s why he was discovered almost 40 years later.

The fig, which remained in my brother’s stomach, sprouted into a tree, thanks to the sun penetrating the cave through the hole from the explosion. My brother was found thanks to the fig tree.

Munur Hergun
sister of a soldier

A professor from the University of Oregon, Jay Noller (Jay Noller) confirmed that the tree could sprout from the remains of man.

Seeds can germinate from [the remains] of animals, so I can easily imagine how they sprout from human bodies. In this case, the seed does not necessarily have to germinate from the stomach – it can be any separation of the human digestive system.

Jay Noller
Professor

Another version

The publication of Cyprus Mail with reference to sources close to the “Committee for the Search for Missing Persons” reported that the version with a tree sprouted from the stomach is “not quite right”.

According to Cyprus Mail, the case dates back to 2006, not 2011, according to tabloids. The source of the publication said that the cave was near the beach in Limassol, and from it really grew a fig tree. For many years, the tree has grown to such a height that it caused the “roof” of the cave to collapse, the publication asserts. The roots of the tree sprouted inside the cave, their length reaches about three meters.

Sources say that the remains of the three Cypriots were found a few meters from the tree. This indicates that the seed did not germinate from the body of Khergun. However, how the seed got into the cave is unknown.

In addition, local journalist Sevgul Uludag retold the story in 2008, two years after the discovery and almost immediately before the burial of the remains of the three Turkish Cypriots.

Uludag said that she visited the same beach in 2008, without linking it to the story of the fig tree from 2006. She later found out that in 1974 three Greek Cypriots kidnapped Ahmet Kemal from a coffee shop in the village of Episkopi. He, as well as Erdogan Ener and Unal Adil were taken to the Limassol district by Chiflik. According to Udulag, the cave could not be reached by land, so the prisoners were probably brought by boat.

The last thing Kemal ate on that day, August 10, 1974, was a fig from his garden. This kind of figs does not grow everywhere – it can germinate in Episkopi, but on condition that the earth suits it.

According to Udulag, attention was drawn to the tree by Zenofon Callis (Xenophon Kallis), who often came to the beach where the rock was. It was Callis who discovered three missing Turkish Cypriots, exhumed in 2006, and buried in 2008.

Gradually, as the tree grew, he noticed that the landscape was changing. After a few kilometers, he did not notice the similar fig trees. He also did not find places where birds could nest.

Perhaps the tree has sprouted because of Ahmet Kemal’s last dinner. Maybe the bats ate such a fig and brought it to the cave. Maybe there is another explanation. But, despite the explanation, it is important that it was the figs that led the investigation to the discovery of the three missing people.

Sevgul Uludag
journalist
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