The need for water to nourish the crops was a paramount concern for those living off or working the land. In his account of the inter-communal violence in 1964 Martin Packard wrote directly of the chaos that seemed to surround his Land Rover as he travelled to, from and between communities in the Agios Sozomenos, Potamia and Dali area. In his book, Getting It Wrong: Fragments from a Cyprus Diary 1964 (2008), Packard devotes an eight-page chapter to the occurrences in February 1964 that led to the Turkish Cypriot flight from Agios Sozomenos. Packard states:
Few aspects of Cypriot life demanded so much mediating attention as the island’s antiquated water system. Water for agricultural use was usually delivered through open conduits controlled by a variety of sluices whose operation was the responsibility of a special village constable [...] Inevitably there were frequent disputes. In areas where there was hostility or a stand-off between the two communities, rows over water sometimes triggered a gunfight.
The attack on the village of Agios Sozomenos, although brief, left in its wake a number of dead on both sides and, in Packard’s terms, proved to be “a grim milestone on the road to ethnic separation in Cyprus.”
 Packard’s life was one typified by a mix of outsider-insider stages: the son of a country parson, he served as a pilot in the American air-force, and in 1963 he was appointed to NATO as an intelligence staff officer in Malta and then to the staff of General Peter Young in Cyprus. (His account of the troubles in Cyprus derives from his period of service in Cyprus.) Post his Cyprus experiences he seems to have fallen foul of the Foreign Office and avoided court-martial through retirement. His biographer summing up Packard’s history as ‘one of principled motivation running into the buffers of virulent opposition from those who wanted to manipulate events for their own interests.’
 Packard, Martin. Getting It Wrong: Fragments from a Cyprus Diary 1964, Milton Keynes: Author House, 2008, 155.