President Katerina Sakellaropoulou visited the remote island of Kinaros, where she met with its only inhabitant, 74-year-old Eirini Katsotourhi, known as Kyra Rinio, on Wednesday.
Located in the west of the islands of Leros and Amorgos, Kinaros is the second western-most island of the Dodecanese after Astypalea, and its coastline measures only 4.5 square kilometers.
“In a way, Kyra Rini symbolizes this year’s Christmas in a relevant way,” said Sakellaropoulou, referring to Katsotourhi in a traditional address form, “she lives alone and is courageous.”
Στην Κίναρο, καταμεσής του Αιγαίου πελάγους, με την κυρά Ρηνιώ, που συμβολίζει τα φετινά Χριστούγεννα. Μοναχικά και γενναία. Κρατά ψηλά τη σημαία της πατρίδας μας και τιμά τη μνήμη των τριών πεσόντων αξιωματικών του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού. Τη συνοδεύουν οι πιο θερμές ευχές μας! pic.twitter.com/oTYxWRKU0k
— President GR (@PresidencyGR) December 23, 2020
The president noted that “this is what we are asked to be like, under these unique circumstances” in the pandemic.
“I have been in quarantine for many years,” Katsotourhi had quipped earlier, according to the president, who expressed her best wishes to all Greeks from a remote corner of Greece.
Eirini Katsotourhi was born on the niegbhoring island of Amorgos and moved with her parents to Kinaros at the age of 3. When she got married she migrated with husband and children to Australia.
The couple returned to Greece in 2000 and settled on Kinaros. Rinio’s husband passed away three years later, but she decided to stay there alone with her animals.
She has a satellite phone and a TV and her supplies come once a week with a subsidized boat from Amorgos. When the whether is bad and the sea very rough, the boat may stay away even 20 days.
Kyra Rinio takes care also of the monument of the Fallen Naval Officers.
After the two-hour on Kinaros and the chat with Kyra rinio, President Sakellaropoulou visited the monument and then returned to Athens.