The village of Orovnik was forcibly made to change its name by the
Greek government to Karje. It is a part of the Lerin region about 25
kilometres west of the town. The village is between two hills, to the
east Goritsa and to the west Golemiot Rid. It is at 21 degrees 09 minutes
longitude and 40 degrees 45 minutes latitude, 940 metres above sea level,
and about 6.5 kilometres squared in area.
The village borders to the northwest the village P'pli, to the east
with Goritsa and the villages Zhelevo and Oshchima, to the south Bukovnik,
and to the west the Mala Prespa lake.
Before the start of the Greek Civil War about 340 Macedonian residents
lived in the village. They were employed in agriculture and raising
During the Greek Civil War, the residents of the village took part
in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG with about 65
active fighters. 13 fighters gave their lives and 4 innocent civilian
lives were lost in bombing from the monarcho-fascist forces.
1. Gjokov Nikola Sotir
2. Kazijovska Joshe Menka
3. Kazijovska Vasil Fota
4. Nichova Nastas Vasilka
5. Popov Stevo Joshe
6. Popovska Trajko Trajanka
7. Popovski Sagmov Trajko
8. Popovski Lazov Risto
9. Popovski Lazov Luka
10. Popovski Spirov Vasil
11. Savev Vasil Stojan
12. Spasev Spiro Boris
13. Spasev Spiro Done
14. Stavrev Nelov Anastas
15. Sterjovski Kremov Nikola
16. Sterjovski Stefo Vangel
17. Fotev Spiro Todor
Of the fallen who gave their young lives there were 13 men and 4 women.
After the Greek Civil War and emigration from and forced settlement
into the village, the number of residents fell significantly. In the
official census in Greece in 1991 it was recorded that there were 48
residents in the village.
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