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The fallen leaves

Ahmet Hergune died in 1974 in the violence that broke out that year between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He was part of the Turkish Resistance Organisation and on 10 June 1974 was captured and spirited away by Greeks – who put him and two others in a cave and threw dynamite in after them, blowing them to smithereens.

In 2011 a researcher on Cyprus noticed there was a fig tree growing and found it unusual – fig trees are not common on Cyprus, especially ones growing in caves.

He investigated the fig tree, dug around it – and discovered the tree was growing from the stomach region of a decayed corpse, which after lengthy investigation turned out to be the remains of Hergune, who had not been seen since June 1974. His last meal had included figs.

Picture source: whologwhy