Today March 5, Supreme head of Catholic world His Holiness Pope Francis is visiting Iraq for the first time as a sign of hope, peace, brotherhood and courage. Pope Francis decision to visit Iraq and meeting various communities, leaders and people will surely creat new force in Iraq and especially for beleaguered Christian communities across the country.
We, undersigned organizations, would like to draw your attention and share our concern, appeal and demand regarding an urgent issue which continues to affect the Syriac-Assyrian-Chaldean Christian community in Turkey and abroad.
By Johannes de Jong Director of Sallux
For years now all ethnicities who are under threat from Turkey have failed to push for a strategy that is really effective. This has to do with several factors. The first is the focus of each ethnicity on its own needs and situation only. The second factor is the lack of understanding of how the political system of the US and Europe actually work and what works within that system in terms of effective results. A third factor is that too many people are interested in showing that they are on the picture with ‘an important and powerful person’ and not focused on actual results. In return, most western politicians in these pictures have no idea of the background and position of the people they had a chat and a picture with. This results in a cacophony of voices shouting different unworkable solutions from a western or international perspective while they all try to deal with the same problem. What you get is Kurds organising again another mass demonstration for the release of Ocalan, Armenians issuing another demand for international recognition of Artsakh and Syriac-Assyrians again demanding for Nineveh Plain to become a state protected by the UN. And all of them crave for recognition of their pain and none of them getting anything actually done. Thanks to these waves upon waves of ineffectiveness there is plenty of time for other actors to sow internal divisions and create proxies for themselves.
Dear Mr. President,
The Bethnahrin National Council wishes to express to you our sincerest congratulations on becoming the 46th President of the United States of America. We are confident that the universal values and ideals that you evoked in your inauguration speech will help the United States achieve unity, strengthen international relations and be a great step forward to achieving world peace.
As the conflict continues in Syria on various fronts while the Syrian people suffering from the war, destruction and deprivation, Syrian authorities and Presidency statements indicate clearly their position and intentions for future of Syria.
Since the start of the conflict over Artsakh, Nagorno-Karabakh, we are following the ongoing hostilities between Armenian and Azeri forces in Artsakh with great concern. The war has brought many civilian casualties and the regional and international powers and community have stayed too cautious in the matter.
Mgr. Najeeb Michaeel, the Syriac Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul in Iraq, with his nomination and him being shortlisted for the prestigious European Sakharov Prize 2020 and many other Syriacs.
Turkey – The trial against Syriac Orthodox monk Sefer Bileçen - monk Aho - of the Mor Yahqoub monastery in the Tur Abdin region in southeast Turkey continued at the end of September in the fourth Heavy Penal Court in Mardin. Monk Aho is accused of membership of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for giving bread and water to PKK fighters. The PKK is designated a terrorist organization in Turkey.
On 7 August 1933, Iraqi state military forces and local allied Kurds and Arabs massacred hundreds of Suraye (Suraye) in the village of Simele. During that whole month of August 1933 more than 60 Suraye villages in Amadiya, Zakho, Nohadra (Dohuk), Sheikhan and Mosul, northern Iraq, were destroyed and burned.
The European Syriac Union and five other Syriac organizations held a joint fundraising in June 2020, to raise money for fire extinguishers for Syriac villages and monasteries. The fire extinguishers were much needed as every summer Tur Abdin is plagued by fires devouring Syriac farmland, orchards and vineyards costing the Syriacs (part of) their livelihoods.