OROVO (RAHOVO)

The village of Orovo was made to change its name by the Greek government to Piksos. It is part of the Lerin region about 39 kilometres west of the town. It is on the slopes of the Suva Gora mountain and near Mala Prespa and called "Afrika" by the people. It lies at 21 degrees 00 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 45 minutes latitude and 1080 metres above sea level. Its area is about 28 square kilometres.

The village borders to the northeast the village Vineni, to the east with the once settled village Drobitishta, to the southeast it borders the Garzhdano and to the west it borders the Suva Gora mountain and the Albanian border.

Before the start of the Greek Civil War about 490 Macedonian residents lived in the village. The residents were employed in raising livestock, timber getting and agriculture, and other necessary trades and important activities.

During the Greek Civil War in the period 1946-49, the residents took part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG with about 130 active fighters. 39 gave their lives.

They were:

1. Bandev Mitrev Risto
2. Valkanov Gochev Mitre
3. Valkanov Kotev Vojo
4. Valkanova Koteva Tronda
5. Damovski Petkov Trane
6. Dimanovska Borisova Kostadinka
7. Dimanovski Spirov Vangel
8. Dimanovski Ristov Petre
9. Dimanovski Lazov Fote
10. Dimanovski Gochev Vangel
11. Dimanovski Gochev Tanas
12. Drobitska Doneva Menka
13. Drobitski Nunev Filip
14. Drobitski Panev Trajko
15. Drobitski Panev Lazo
16. Jankulov Gelev Vasil
17. Kerazov Spirov Lazo
18. Kerazov Kolev Fote
19. Kerazov Kolev Tanas
20. Laovski Nunev Vangel
21. Malinkin Pavlev Dine
22. Mijalovski Mijalov Risto
23. Mijalov Tsvetkov Leko
24. Mijovski Gochev Fote
25. Mijovski Lazar Sotir
26. Mijovski Vasilov Stojan
27. Mijovski Vasilov Risto
28. Mijovski Sterjov Stojan
29. Mijovski Stojanov Vangel
30. Mushkarov Gochev Pando
31. Nelkovski Stefov Kote
32. Petrevski ljov Kote
33. Petrevski Stojanov Nikola
34. Petrevski Ristov Filip
35. Petrevski Ristov Trajko
36. Popovska Spirova Atina
37. Popovski Kotev Joshe
38. Dzhambazov Nunev Spiro
39. Dzhambazov Nunev Pando

The details were completed by Jovanovski Vasil - a fighter from Orovo.

Of the fallen fighters who gave their young lives there were 35 men and 4 women.

After the Greek Civil War and emigration from and forced settlement into the village, the number of residents fell significantly. The census in Greece in 1991 recorded that there was not one resident in the village.

It is described as a former settlement.

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