On January 9, during a security operation by Turkish forces, Syriac monk of Saint Jacob Monastery Sefer (Aho) Bilecen, chief of the Arkah (Üçköy) village Josef Yar and Syriac citizen Musa Taştekin, which returned from Europe, had been detained with 10 other civilians. Following detention investigation Musa Taşdemir have been released quickly. On the other hand, detention of Josef Yar continues and with an unprecedented move Monk Aho have been arrested by Turkish forces. Based on the secret witness statements, arrest of Monk Aho shocked Syriac Christians around the world and particularly tiny Syriac community of Turabdin.
Syria’s Budding Democracy Is Being Destroyed, But It’s Not Too Late To Save It! Stop The Turkish Occupation of N.E. Syria!
On the 13 November Turkish President Erdogan plans to visit the U.S.A. We call on the U.S.A. to stand for the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAA), our democracy, - if Americans are who they say they are. We call for the USA to stand with the DAA and for religious freedom – if Americans care about holding violators to account.
Während des Kongresses „Christenverfolgung heute“ vom 10. – 13. November 2019 in Schwäbisch Gmünd konnte Nazira Goreya, Co-Präsidentin der Demokratischen Selbstverwaltung Nordostsyrien, die Standpunkte der Selbstverwaltung aufzeigen.
Condemnation of the terrorist attacks against the city of Qamishli and the assassination of Father Hosib
Father Ibrahim Hanna Bidu (Hosib), the pastor of the Armenian Catholic Church in Qamishli, travelled to the city of Deir Ezzor, when an attack on his car killed him and his father. ISIS claimed the attack. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and relatives and to the Armenian Catholic Diocese of the Euphrates and to the whole parish for their loss of Father Hosib. He was known to and loved by all the sons and daughters of all denominations and affiliations of Qamishli.
Die Gemeinde der St. Marienkirche in Augsburg konnte heute Nazira Goreya als Gast empfangen. Nazira Goreya erhielt die besondere Ehre nach der Predigt eine Ansprache über die aktuelle Situation in Nordostsyrien zu halten. Die anschließende Diskussionsrunde im Gemeindesaal war gut besucht. Die vielen Fragen zeigten, dass das Interesse an der aktuellen Situation sehr hoch ist.
On Sunday the 9th of October, 2019, Turkey began „Operation Peace Spring“, a military invasion into the area controlled by the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria – DAA. Turkish paid and controlled ground forces consisting mostly of radical fighters that were with ISIS and similar affiliated ideological groups, have committed human rights abuses, occupied homes and land and have terrorized much of the population. As a result over 400 people have died and another 400 000 are displaced and have become IDPs. These IDP families are currently living in temporary shelters in camps, schools or in houses with other families in the region, and are in urgent need of food, clothing and humanitarian assistance. In addition as the different cities are attacked we are seeing the people flee or be killed. Turkish forces continue to
Q&A with Nazira Goreya, member of the presiding committee of the Syriac Union Party and Co-president of the Gozarto (Jazeera) region of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North & East Syria (DAA).
Outside of Tel Temir in northeast Syria, the ruins of the formerly magnificent Tel Nesri church stand stark against the sky, its shattered dome and cracked walls a testament to the brutal history of the region. Tel Nesri used to be a Christian settlement of 70 families, part of the multi-ethnic tapestry of the region, where a quarter of a million Christians lived alongside the Kurdish, Arab, Armenian, Turkmen, Yezidi and Circassian communities.