SOAR - Cairo Chapter

Cairo joined the SOAR family in May 2014. Armenians in Egypt are a community with a long history, dating back to the 6th century. After the Armenian Genocide of 1915, Armenians in Egypt reached approximately 18,000. In the early 1950s, after Nasser’s Revolution, there were approximately 40,000 Armenians in Egypt. The number of Armenians has decreased in recent years. Today, there are approximately 6,000 Armenians in Egypt, concentrated primarily in Cairo and Alexandria.

In Cairo, clubs, schools, and sports facilities reinforce communications among Armenian Egyptians and revive the heritage of their forefathers. The community has four social clubs in Cairo and two in Alexandria. There is one home for the elderly and many activities for young people, including a dance troupe, Zankezour, a choir, Arax, and a children’s choir, Dziadzan. Armenian Egyptians belong primarily to the Armenian Apostolic Church or Armenian Catholic Church. There are five main Armenian churches in Egypt, two in Alexandria and three in Cairo.


Brigitte Bohgalian-Kalinian

Brigitte earned her B.A. in Mass Communication from the American University of Cairo. She has worked as the Assistant to the Publisher at EGYPT TODAY magazine, the Office Manager/Editor for Egyptian Diabetic Care Association and the General Manager for Bouquet. From 2001 until October of 2013, Brigitte had been the Assistant to the Vice President for Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles, an Agent for Mercedes Benz.

Brigitte has been an active member of the Zankezour Armenian Troupe since childhood. She is excited to be a part of the first SOAR chapter for the continent of Africa!

Taline Buchakjian-Mikaelian

Taline earned her B.A. in Literature, Art, Expression and Communication (L.A.E.C) from Sorbonne University, Paris, France. She went on to earn her B.A. in Journalism at I.F.P., Institute Français de Presse, Paris, France. Continuing her education, Taline earned her M.A. in Cinema and Audiovisual at Sorbonne University, Paris, France. She has also had classes of translation at New York University, New York, N.Y.and classes of Arabic at the British Council, Cairo, Egypt.

Using her skills as a translator, editor, and proofreader, she has held many positions: a Translator to the French Film Office in New York, Translator to the TV Trade Media INC.,also in New York, Press Officer to the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations and as a freelance translator both in New York and currently in Cairo.