UN Peacekeepers are documenting Nicosia, Cyprus, a city that lies in the 134-square-mile United Nations buffer zone. It was set up 37 years ago during a period of intense fighting between Cyprus’s Greek and Turkish inhabitants. When the UN stepped in, residents had to abandon homes and businesses with little warning. The result is a dusty time capsule town frozen for nearly four decades.
Among the ruins is a local Toyota showroom housing a pair of second-gen Corollas. According to Corporal Kevin Roberts:
“There’s a Toyota Corolla 1974 which has 38 miles on the clock. When you open the doors you get hit with a fresh smell of untouched leather and the plastic wrapping remains on the inside of the doors. It’s a bit spooky.”
Circle of life moment: The UN soldiers are combing the region in Toyota Land Cruiser Prados.