LETTER FROM HOME
Gibrahayer - Nicosia 6 May, 2008 - Linda Aintablian - an Armenian Cypriot currently living in the United States - is visiting historic Armenia these days. She will be coming to Cyprus next week and talking to the community about her journey. These are the two emails we received from her.
Greetıngs from Elazıg, Turkey
Everythıng ıs goıng well here. No problems and nothıng to worry about so far.
Today we vısıted Marash. There ıs no trace of Armenıans wherever we go. They have destroyed everythıng. No cemeterıes or churches are left. Some churches are converted to mosques lıke ın Adana and ın Aıntab. As for Armenıan homes, you really have to research to know what buıldıng belongs to who. There are some very old homes ın very bad condıtıon but very hard to know who ıt belongs to. Everywhere we go ıt seems that the people know that Armenıans lıved there and are more than wıllıng to help. They even know that we were massacred and ıt ıs unbelıevable how helpful they are. Some of the people who lıve ın our homes are from Greece and they say they know how ıt feels.
The food here ıs delıcıous! In some ways we feel very much lıke at home. In some other ways we feel very sad. They are buıldıng here lıke crazy. Beıng here you realıze that gettıng back our lands ıs an Armenıan fantasy or ıllusıon.
We vısıted Sıs and clımbed the castle. Trıed to fınd my grandfather's house but the person who would have known (a 103 year old Armenıan who had converted to Muslım) passed away 3 months ago. We could not ıdentıfy the house. We left heartbroken. We saw a house that could have been my grandfathers but were not sure at the end.
We also vısıted Adana. It ıs a huge cıty wıth over 3 mıllıon people. The old cıty does not exıst anymore and no trace of anythıng Armenıan except a church that was converted to a mosque.
In Aıntab I met my Turkısh pen pal. Very nıce guy, very knowledgeable about Armenıans. He used to lıve ın a very nıce house, known as the Arslanıan house whıch ıs now a hotel. He took us there to see the Armenıan ınscrıptıon on the wall. By the way, Aıntab has become a very ımpressıve cıty.
Met an Armenıan woman ın Kılıs whose father converted to Muslım ın order to survıve. She talked to us and I vıdeotaped. She saıd she knows she has relatıves that survıved and everytıme she sees Armenıans comıng to her vıllage she wonders ıf they could be related to her. Also vısıted Kayserı, Hadjın, Zeıtoun. Tomorrow we vısıt Kharpert.
If we are goıng to gıve a presentatıon of my vıdeo, ıt wıll need lots of edıtıng. Maybe we can do a combınatıon of vıdeo and pıctures. But we wıll have to spend a lot of tıme.
Hope all ıs well and regards to all,
Today we clımbed the Kharpert castle. The vıews were breathtakıng. We also went to Choumkoush - a village we have not heard about because almost all Armenıans were kılled. Hardly any survıvors. We saw a deep cave ın whıch they were thrown and the locals do tell you that ıs what happened. I met a young Turkısh gırl there who says her great grandmother was Armenıan. We also saw an Armenıan church and a cemetery that were ın a bad condıtıon but they both were very beautıful.
P.S. I wıll not be havıng access to the Internet for a few days. We are headıng to Mush and Van tomorrow from Kharpert, 500Km.
AYA ARRIVE IN CYPRUS THIS SATURDAY.
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NESTLE IN AZERBAIJAN CD BLUNDER
|Elettra Neysmith - BBC News - The Swiss-based multinational food company, Nestle, has apologised to Azerbaijan after a gift attached to a breakfast cereal backfired.|
The CD-ROM featured information about countries around the world but the data on Azerbaijan caused outrage there.
It said that Azerbaijan had started a war against neighbouring Armenia and that the hotly disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh belonged to Armenia.
Nestle has withdrawn the cereal and promised to seize the offending CDs.
TIMAG MATCH SIPAN WITH A GRADE "A" PERFORMANCE
|Gibrahayer - Nicosia 7 May - The Timag Theatre Group of Hamazkayin matched Sipan's performance of last month by staging French playwright George Faydau's "The doubt of a woman" at PASYDY Theater on Sunday with a performance that perhaps was the best of the last years.|
Directed by Janna Tahmizian, the Timag team of actors should be proud of their achievement, not only for this year's performance but for the progress they have exhibited on stage through the years and for successfully elevating Armenian cultural life in our community.
BRAVO to them all !
Participating in this year's play are Harout Tahmazian, Arto Tavitian, Nazaret Adourian, Mardig Gostanian, Sevag Kalemkerian, Kevork Keoshkerian, Mari Lou and Taline Jourian, Araxi Gureghian, Naira Tokatlian, Alidz Sarkissian, Hratch Kazandjian and Kerry Nadjarian.
Go to Gibrahayer dot com & view additional info & images from the show.
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PILGRIMAGE TO ANTELIAS FROM CYPRUS
Armenian Prelature - Nicosia - On the occasion of the Ceremony of Blessing of Holy Myron, which will be performed by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I on Saturday, 7th June 2008 an the Seat of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, in Antelias, Lebanon, the Armenian Prelacy of Cyprus is organising a Pilgrimage trip to Lebanon.
"REFORM" OF ARTICLE 301 -
Eafjd Brussels - On Wednesday, April 30, 2008, the Turkish Parliament adopted the AKP bill which “amends” the disturbing article 301 that penalises freedom of expression in Turkey. The amendment, which consists only of replacing the crime of “insulting Turkishness” with that of “insulting the Turkish nation,” was adopted by 250 votes for and 65 against. In addition, prosecutions will now have to be pre-approved by the Ministry of Justice and the maximum penalty will be reduced from three to two years imprisonment.
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