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KESSAB LIBERATED

Gibrahayer e-magazine - Sunday 15 June 2014 - Nicosia - The Armenian-populated city of Kessab, on the border with Turkey was liberated by the Syrian Government Army after violent clashes with Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front who fled the town leaving behind dozens of dead.
Kessab had been invaded by fighters who had made their way through the Turkish border in March 2014.

Syrian military sources said that the Syrian army first took Samra and then advanced towards Kessab. It also said that they were now dismantling mines and booby traps and were not allowing citizens of the town to return yet, as it considered it to be still unsafe for civilians.

Local TV stations reported that the army had raised the Syrian flag on top of Kessab's Municipality building and that the army units were now patrolling the border with Turkey and were busy with mop-up operations to clear the area from "foreign backed terrorists".

It was also learnt through Britain-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights that in their operations to liberate Kessab, the Syrian army troops were backed by fighters of the Lebanese Shiite military group Hezbollah.

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1958 MELIKIAN REUNION
AFTER 56 YEARS

The Class of 1958 Melikian Primary School, Nicosia, held their first-ever Reunion in Cyprus of classmates after 56 years. The idea of the May 2014 Reunion started to take shape many months previously and contacts, mainly via Facebook, started to buzz between the classmates living in various countries. Since there was also a desire from those classmates living overseas to coincide the Reunion with the annual pilgrimage to Sourp Magaravank, the date of this historic Reunion was set and plans were put into motion to organise it with other excursions added over that period.
"Twelve Classmates, from USA, UK and of course Cyprus made up the list and a formal Reunion Dinner was held at the Plaka Taverna in Nicosia on 17 May, with Guest of Honour Melikian School Teacher Shake Nassibian-Horomian.
The 12 classmates that got together were Vartevar Bahdjejian, Peggy Kalaydjian, Annig Tourian, Hasmig Topalian,
Moushegh Tourian, Koharig Paroian, Socie Barrera, Sirvart Hagopian Karapittides, Greg Karaian, Maida Pocock, Serpoug Tavoukjian and Vartkes Garoyian. They were accompanied by Sona Klendjian, Hasmig Topalian's sister; Messoug, wife of Vartkes Garoyian; and Anahid Eskidjian, Moushegh Tourian's sister. Total attendies at the Reuinion Dinner were 16, including their School Teacher".

 
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The successful and very happy Reunion celebrations also included attending the Church Service at our Victoria Street Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church after 50 years, pilgrimage to Sourp Magaravank Monastery, and concluded by a classmates' group excursion to Troodos and Kakopetria for a hearty taverna lunch at Prasini Kilada.
The classmates all excited by this year's successful Reunion agreed that they should indeed have a 2nd Reunion in 2015 and we hear that plans are developing for this. It is hoped that many classmates who were unable to join in this year's Reunion will be able to make it in 2015.

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NAREG SCHOOL CULTURAL EVENING

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AZERIS OUTRAGED BECAUSE OF AZERI TEENS WEARING KARDASHIAN T-SHIRTS

An Azerbaijani website www.Haqqin.az has written an article alarming Azeri teenage girls, not to wear Kardashian
T-shirts which have recently been abundantly available and widely popular in Baku.

“Don’t they know Kardashian is Armenian?” the journalist of Haqqin asks their readers.

 
 

TURKEY ORDERED TO PAY 90 MILLION EUROS FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OVER CYPRUS INVASION

On Friday, The Church Children's Choir sang 12 songs at the Armenian Music and Dance Event at the Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia. Well done !
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SEBOUH TAVITIAN RECEIVES BOGHOS NUBAR MEDAL

On May 29, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan granted the Boghos Nubar Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora to Chairman of the Cyprus Committee of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Sebouh Tavitian.
Introducing Sebouh Tavitian, the Minister particularly mentioned: “Tavitian has spent his entire life in Cyprus and has made great contributions to the organizing, development, reinforcement and advancement of community life. Sebouh Tavitian has made great contributions to the Armenian upbringing of Armenian youth in Cyprus. For the past six years, he has been a member of the board of trustees of Nareg Armenian Schools in Cyprus.”
Expressing gratitude for the high award, Tavitian said the award came as a surprise. “I have always believed that awards are granted to heroes. I have not achieved any endeavor, but I have always helped and served my nation all my life, and I will continue to serve my Homeland as long as I have the strength and ability to do so,” said Tavtian.
Summing up, the RA Minister of Diaspora mentioned: “You are the heroes of the struggle for the Armenian Cause and the restoration of our rights in our days. It is our duty to appreciate your efforts. Our issues must be the same, and we must solve our issues together.”

HRAYR JEBEJIAN RECEIVES DOCTORAL DEGREE

The Board of the Bible Society in the Gulf is proud to announce that its General Secretary, Mr. Hrayr Jebejian, was awarded a doctorate of ministry (DMin) from the New York Theological Seminary, New York, USA, on May 14, 2014. Mr. Jebejian earned this degree in Bible Engagement. He completed the degree in three years while serving the Bible Society in the Gulf full-time. After successfully completing the nine-course program, he wrote a dissertation entitled, “Engaging the Scripture Message of Hope among Telugu Migrant Workers in the United Arab Emirates.”
He holds a BBA in Business Administration from Haigazian University and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the American University of Beirut. Hrayr Jebejian joined the Bible Society in Lebanon in 1980 as Assistant to the Administration. In 1992 he was transferred to the Bible Society in the Gulf (BSG). The BSG is responsible for the work in seven countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Mr. Jebejian worked as Management Advisor to the United Bible Societies Europe Middle East region from 1991-1996, helping to establish Bible Society offices in the former Soviet Union and East European countries, with a special focus on Armenia. From 2006 to 2014, Hrayr Jebejian served as Chairman of the Bible Societies region of North Africa, West Asia and Turkey. Mr. Jebejian also worked with ethnic churches in Iran from 2003-2006 in order to develop Scripture production programs for the Armenian and Assyrian communities there.
Hrayr Jebejian has travelled extensively around the world and has participated in various Christian and ecumenical conferences, presenting papers and delivering lectures on various biblical and socio-ethnic issues. He is a member of the Armenian Evangelical Church in Beirut, Lebanon. Currently, Mr. Jebejian represents the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) on the Board of Trustees of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut. He is also Chairman of the UAECNE Armiss Cultural Committee and a member of the UAECNE Publications Committee.
Hrayr Jebejian regularly contributes to Armenian dailies in Lebanon and abroad, writing articles on socio-ethnic and religious topics. He published his first book in 2010 entitled, The Armenian’s Path of Struggle for Existence which is an anthology of articles written over thirty years.
Hrayr Jebejian is married to Dr. Arda Boynerian Jebejian, and they have two children, Vahe, 21, and Alik, 19. Presently, Hrayr and his family are based in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Board of the Bible Society in the Gulf

BACK TO MAGARAVANK

Some 150 Armenian Cypriots, some of whom returned to Cyprus especially for the occasion, went on a pilgrimage to the Sourp Magar Monastery in the occupied areas last month.
The seventh such pilgrimage to the monastery, also known as Magaravank, was organised by the Office of the Representative of the Armenian Community Vartkes Mahdessian in co-operation with the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus.
The first visit was on May 6, 2007, when the Armenian Cypriot community was able to visit the occupied Armenian monastery for the first time in 33 years.
The monastery was founded by Copts around the year 1000 AD and by 1425 had been inherited by the Armenians.
Dedicated to Saint Makarios the Hermit of Alexandria, it is located on the eastern part of Turkish-occupied Pentadaktylos at an altitude of 530 metres.
The Armenian monastery had for centuries been a popular pilgrimage for Armenians and non-Armenians, as well as a place of rest for Catholicoi (Patriarchs) and other Armenian clergymen from Cilicia and Jerusalem and also a centre of attraction for local and foreign travellers, as well as pilgrims en route to the Holy Land.
Mahdessian added: "The monastery was also used as a summer resort, where Armenian scouts and students would camp, including students of the Melkonian Educational Institute, many of whom were orphans of the Armenian Genocide. A large number of exquisite and priceless manuscripts dating back to 1202-1740, as well as many other ecclesiastical relics, were housed there. Fortunately, in 1947 some of them were saved when they were relocated to the "Cilicia" Museum of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia."
The Magaravank is the only Armenian monastery in Cyprus and, together with the recently restored church of the Virgin Mary in occupied Nicosia, it is the most important Armenian ecclesiastical monument on the island.
"It was occupied in August 1974 during the Turkish invasion and ever since it remains at the mercy of nature, silent, ruined, desecrated and deserted, awaiting for its rightful owners to return," Mahdessian said.

Gibrahayer Calendar

► Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 6:30pm - Nareg Armenian Schools Graduation Ceremony – at Nareg School Nicosia Amphitheatre.
► Saturday 15 November – Inka and Anush Arshakyan perform at the Strovolos Municipal Hall. The event is organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.

ANI AVAKIAN

The dearly beloved Ani Avakian, born in Cyprus in 1951 and the daughter of the late Apkar and Archalouis Baghdjian, sadly passed away in London on the 5th of June, 2014.
Her spirit lives on through her husband, Abraham Avakian, and her children Ara and Maral.
A service was held at St. Sarkis Church of London at 12pm on Monday 16th of June 2014, which was followed by the burial at Gunnersbury Cemetery and a wake at Navasartian Centre.
Ani will be greatly missed by family and friends.
 

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ARMENIAN TENNIS CHAMPION
TRAINS IN CYPRUS

One of Armenia's top teenage tennis players Armen Janibekyan concluded a one-month intensive tennis program at the Tennis Zone under Head Coach Akis Asproftas in Nicosia.
Tennis Zone Director Simon Aynedjian announced that tennis players from the United States and Belarus would be joining Tennis Zone's tennis programs in September 2014.

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