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Cyprus and Armenia issue commemorative stamp

Cyprus and Armenia Post on Thursday jointly issued a stamp to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

The stamp depicts the building of the Melkonian Educational Institute, in Nicosia, that hosted orphans from Ottoman Turkey who survived the massacres and evolved into a landmark of Cyprus’ Armenian community.

The initiative for the stamp issue belongs to Vartkes Mahdessian, the representative of the Armenian community in the Cypriot parliament, and the island’s post office.

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This year marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

The Melkonian Institute, founded in 1924, housed and educated refugee orphans who survived the massacres in Ottoman Turkey during the First World War.

The picture of the building, depicted in the stamp, was taken in 1940 by photographer Haigaz Mangoian, while the trees planted by the orphans in memory of their parents can also be seen in front of the building.

 

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