On this day of June 15, 107 later on, we remember and honor innocent souls of Sayfo 1915 genocide against Chaldean-Syria-Assyrian people by Ottoman-Turkish authorities leaving more than 500.000 dead, thousands of islamised women and children along with demographical change, destruction of social, cultural, religious and intellectual heritage of millennial presence in the ancient lands of Bethnahrin.
On this day of April 24, 107 later on, we remember and honor innocent souls and martyrs of Armenian genocide perpetrated by Ottoman Turkish rule and allies in the years of 1915 by annihilating native Armenian people, killing of women and children, destructing cultural, social and religious heritage and erasing ancient history.
On this day, Catholic world welcome Easter celebrations and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as a sign of new life, survival and hope. Catholic Christians around the world and our Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in homeland and diaspora welcomed Resurrection with great joy and happiness and fasting and Holy Week. Images of our people coming from the homeland were powerful to show resilience and dedication to their ancestral roots and lands. From Iraq to Syria and Lebanon hundreds of people celebrated arrival of Easter despite many challenges, difficulties and ongoing crisis in the region.
With the arrival of Spring, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people welcome ancient and traditional fest of Mesopotamian new year of Akitu as the birth of nature and beginning of new year with blessing, hope and peace.
Turkey as a problem case for Christians in the Middle East
Recently, reporting on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, but also in Turkey, has fallen out of focus. But Turkey continues to try to assert its
claim to hegemony in these areas. This has consequences for the religious minorities.
By OTMAR OEHRING
Exactly 2 years ago, Chaldean couple Shimuni and Hurmüz Diril have been abducted/disappeared in their native village Meer/Kovankaya in Şırnak province in south-south Turkey. Two months later, family members found the lifeless and tortured corpse of Shimuni Diril during their search with their own efforts while the whereabouts of Hurmüz Diril remains unknown up to today.