Greeks in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwean Greeks
Έλληνες της Ζιμπάμπουε
Regions with significant populations
Harare
Languages
English, Greek
Religion
Greek Orthodox Church

Greek Zimbabweans (Greek: Έλληνες της Ζιμπάμπουε) comprise about 2,500 people of Greek origin, almost half of them from the island of Cyprus.[1] Zimbabwe currently hosts eleven Greek Orthodox churches and fifteen Greek associations and humanitarian organizations.[2]

History[edit]

The Greek community in Zimbabwe numbered between 13,000 and 15,000 people in 1972 but following the deterioration of Zimbabwe's domestic and financial situation has been reduced to a fraction of its former size.[1] The country's highest-scoring flying ace of World War II, John Plagis, was the son of Greek immigrants from the island of Lemnos.[3]

Present situation[edit]

The local Greek community and Greece itself are active in the field of humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe.[4] Apart from a few landowners and businesspeople the majority of Greeks in the country are occupied in trade and other activities that contribute considerably to the country's economy.[1] There are Greek communities in various cities in the country,[2] including Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and Harare where the local community has been operating a Greek school since 1954.[1] The Archbishopric of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria.[2]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hellenic Republic: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Zimbabwe: The Greek Community Archived May 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa Archived 2013-05-25 at WebCite Holy Archbishopric of Zimbabwe
  3. ^ Shores, Christopher F; Williams, Clive (1966). Aces High: the Fighter Aces of the British and Commonwealth Air Forces in World War II. London: Neville Spearman Publishing. p. 73. OCLC 654945475. ; Charousis, Chariton (December 2010). Έλληνες Άσσοι σε Συμμαχικές Αεροπορίες κατά το Β΄ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο [Greek Aces in Allied Air Forces in World War II] (PDF). Aviation Review (in Greek). Athens: Hellenic Air Force: pp. 114–127. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Greeks 'strongly behind' Zimbabwe Archived August 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.