History of Gibrahayer
In 1999, Gibrahayer e-magazine started circulating Armenian news and events from Cyprus, the Diaspora, Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh) to a distribution list of 35 recipients and over the past nine years it grew into one of the largest e-magazines in Armenian reality, published from the smallest of Armenian communities in Nicosia - Cyprus.
Gibrahayer e-magazine also holds a separate email distribution list directed to Armenian Cypriots, informing them of Armenian Cypriot events, video and press alerts.
It also manages a mobile phone messaging service for community alerts.
Professor Hovhanessian Pilikian from London U.K. joined Gibrahayer in 2004 and holds a separate section.
In late 2004, Dr. Nazaret Armenagian of Limassol, designed the mailer and database tool and the e-magazine in its present format at http://gibrahayer.cyprusnewsletter.com was launched.
Cartoonist Tatiana Ferahian joined Gibrahayer in late 2004 and her corner represent amalgamations of Armenian-Cypriot social commentaries, painted with her usual wry and ironic humour, stimulated and encouraged awareness and interest toward our community's everyday happenings. Samples of her work can be viewed in a separate section in our e-Magazine.
In 2006 a young Armenian Cypriot Sevag Devletian, joined Gibrahayer and undertook the News in Brief and Sports section, but his contribution to the e-magazine has been more than that.
In 2008 a young Greek Cypriot university student - Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra - who prepared a Chronicle on the minorities of Cyprus joined our team, and I think that he will be a part of our e-magazine and our community in many years to come.
Gibrahayer e-Magazine - like all newsletters and e-magazines - is a phenomenon of our times. The Internet has enabled us to connect to each other and share information. Perhaps the most important factor for our success has been the network of people who have quickly and accurately sent news, feedback and opinions in a collective effort to stay informed and inform the people around us.