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The lost icons’ hunter

Tasoula Hadjitofi was just a child when the Turks invaded her homeland Cyprus. As bombs kept falling, she remembers her mother, her guardian angel, reminding her that she should not be afraid of the bombs or anything else in her life, as long as she would have her family and her faith. Soon thereafter, Tasoula took the road of exile as a refugee. Decades later she is a successful businesswoman and Honorary Consul of Cyprus in the Netherlands. 

This is how the presentation of Tasoula Hadjitofi’s life begins when the random effort of a dealer of stolen artifacts brought her close to the challenge of recapturing stolen icons that “escaped”abroad and return them to their homeland, Cyprus. Orthodox icons mean much more than an artifact to each Christian Orthodox. They are an artistic manifestation of faith and a passage to the divine. 

With this exceptional artistic sensibility that carries within it Cyprus, the family and the Christian Orthodox faith, Tasoula Hadjitofi founded the non profitable organization Walk of Truth, in order to identify (sometimes posing her life to threat or putting her life to danger), to monitor and eventually buy precious icons or mosaics traded by corrupt art dealers and return them back to their birthplace, Cyprus. 

To spread her purpose, Ms. Hadjitofi published The Icon Hunter, by Pegasus Books, and is looking for “hunters” or sponsors to regain the antiquities that have been tracked down. If you wish to assist with the project or learn more about the efforts made by the Organization to repatriate fragments of the mosaic decoration of the Church of Panagia Kanakaria that was looted from 1976 to 1979 by the Turkish antiquities smuggler Aydın Ntikmen, follow the link
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