Arameans of Iraq.

 

Arabic Translations:

  الترجمات العربية

 

21-1-2013: Iraq: Aramean teacher and student killed in Mosul

 

22-2-2012: Iraq: We have left behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq"

 

26-10-2011: “Liberation” Iraq: Extermination Aramean Christians. “Liberation” Egypt: burning churches and slaughtering of Coptic Christians

 

19-8-2011: Iraq and Arameans: The usual ritual, blowing up their churches

 

7-6-2011: The uproar in the Middle-East and the future of the Aramean nation

 

29-4-2011: “Liberation” of Iraq: Extermination of Arameans of Iraq “Liberation” of Syria…..?????..

 

23-11-2010: Aramean blood continue to flow in Iraq: Two Aramean brothers killed in Mosul

 

11-11-2010: An Aramean spiritual leader makes a dramatic appeal: Leave Iraq

 

1-11-2010: Bloodbath among the Arameans of Baghdad: Something like this never happened

 

5-10-2010: Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns in strong words the terrorist attack on the Aramean Catholic church in Baghdad

 

17-5-2010: Iraq: The 19 years old Aramean girl Sandy Shabib Hadi Zahra succumbs to her injuries

 

10-3-2010: Exodus Arameans from Mosul: According to recent UN report more than 5000 Arameans have left Mosul

 

6-3-2010: Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch condemns the attacks on the Aramean Christians of Mosul

 

3-3-2010: Exodus of the Arameans of Mosul continues undiminished: According to UN report already 720 Aramean families (4320 people) have left Mosul

 

1-3-2010: Peaceful demonstration on Sunday 28th of February 2010 by the Aramean Orthodox and Catholics in Baghdeda (Qaraqosh), northern Iraq

 

27-2-2010: Council of Churches in Iraq appeals to the government to protect the Aramean people in Mosul, Iraq

 

26-2-2010: The Arameans of Mosul: A new Exodus and Ethnic cleansing is going on

 

18-2-2010: The Arameans of Iraq again victim of killings and bloodbaths:

 

24-12-2009: A Christmas “message” for the Arameans of Mosul: Four Aramean Churches attacked and one Aramean killed

 

26-10-2009: Exactly one month and one day after the dramatic appeal of Iraqi President to the United Nations, two car bombs were detonated in the neighborhood of the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq

 

1-9-2009: Arameans of Iraq: The East- Aramean Chaldean bishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk sounds the alarm bell

 

29-8-2009: Totally unfounded or has it a grain of truth in it? Greater- Israel and the ethnic cleansing of the Arameans of Mosul and surroundings in Iraq

 

14-7-2009: The Special UN envoy to Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert, wants extra protection for the Aramean Christians in Iraq

 

13-7-2009: Seven Indigenous Aramean Churches in Baghdad (Iraq) attacked by car bombs

 

4-5-2009: Aramean blood continues to flow in Iraq…

 

15-11-2008: Iraq: The bloodshed of Aramean people and bombardment of churches continues undiminished

 

27-10-2008: Attempt of ethnic cleansing Mosul: The Aramean Srebrinica. Who is responsible and why?

 

14-10-2008: Aramean indigenous nation of Iraq: Removal of article 50, exclusion, killings, persecutions, displacements and ethnic cleansing in Mosul erea

 

2-9-2008: Again two Arameans killed in Iraq

 

Killing of Priest Yusuf Adel Abudi

4-5-2008: Again a Aramean spiritual leader is killed in Iraq. This time: The West- Aramean Syrian orthodox priest Yusuf Adel Abudi in Bagdad

 

11-4-2008: Through all the misery: Miracles happens in Iraq

 

6-4-2008: Funeral of the West- Aramean Syrian Orthodox Priest Yusuf Adel Abudi

 

Killing of Mgr. Faraj Raho

1-3-2008: East- Aramean Chaldean bishop of Mosul, Mgr. Paulus Faraj Raho was abducted on 29-2-2008 in Mosul.

 

13-3-2008: The East- Aramean Chaldean bishop Paulus Faraj Raho killed in Mosul

 

14-3-2008: Friday 14-3-2008: Funeral of Mgr. Faraj Raho in St. Addai Church in Karemlesh

 

16-3-2008: Mgr. Paulus Faraj Raho: A Great Spiritual Leader and a Worthy Sheppard in Charge of Jesus Christ

 

23-2-2008: Aramean centre for art and culture has been opened in Ankawa, northern Iraq

 

7-1-2008: Aramean Churches and institutions in Iraq under Attack

 

22-8-2007: AINA: The international lie- and hate machine and the cause of killing, persecution and decline of the Arameans of Iraq

 

Killing of Priest Ragied Aziz Gannie

3-6-2007: East- Aramean Chaldean priest Ragied Aziz Gannie brutally murdered in Mosul along with three deacons by Muslim extremists

 

25-5-2007: Terror against Arameans (including "Assyrians" and Chaldeans) of Iraq. Ethnic cleansing of the Indigenous people of Iraq

 

Killing of Priest Paulus Iskandar

12-10-2006: Aramean priest Iskandar beheaded in Mosul (Iraq)

 

Killing of Isoh Majeed Hadaya

22-11-2006: The West- Aramean Isoh Majeed Hadaya killed by terrorists in Iraq

 

 

Aramean people: Aramean people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They are the indigenous people of what was called in ancient times Aram- Nahrin, in our days it is called ‘Mesopotamia’.

Some Arameans today identify themselves with “Assyrians”, because of the spiritual colonial hate generating activities of the Western missionaries and diplomats in the Middle-East in 16th and 19th centuries. Other Arameans became known as “Chaldeans”. However all of them are Arameans.


Aramean Organisations ask for protection of Aramean spiritual leaders in Iraq:

Aram-Naharaim Organisation and Aramaic Democratic Organisation.

Dutch Version

 

The Aramean of Aram-Naharaim Organisation and the Aramaic Democratic Organisation have sent on 22-4-2008 a letter to the Iraqi government in which they raise their concerns about the insecurity, killings and casting Arameans out of Iraq and ask for a special protection programme for the Aramean spiritual leaders in Iraq. Please find below the letter.

 


 

Nr.: 2008-04-22/03

 

Netherlands, 22nd of April 2008

 

Subject: Request for protection of Aramean clergy in Iraq against increasing threats and killings.

 

Republic of Iraq

His Excellency Siamand A. Banaa

Johan de Wittlaan 16

2517 JR Den Haag

The Netherlands

 

Your Excellency;

 

We, the undersigned, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization and the Aramaic Democratic Organization write to raise our concerns regarding the increasing threats and killings of Christian Aramean spiritual leaders in Iraq and humbly request for their protection by a special anti-terror unit.

 

The unthinkable has happened. We are now familiar with threats to our Aramean spiritual leaders; for with clock-like regularity they have to leave their residences for safer places and only after a while they return back to their congregation. In addition to this, our nation is plagued by relentless violence, insecurity, attacks, threats, killings and confiscation of their heart and home triggering them to leave the lands which they have inhabited for thousands of years.

 

Nonetheless, we still found it impossible to imagine that a bishop of the East- Aramean Chaldean Church of Mosul would be brutally killed, his body being found on 13th of March 2008. [1] We were indeed shocked by the killing of the West- Aramean Syrian- Orthodox priest Paulus Iskandar on 12th October 2006 [2] and the West- Aramean Isoh Majeed Hadaya on 22 November 2006. [3]

In disgust and horror we took note of the killing of the East- Aramean Chaldean priest Ragied Aziz Gannie, along with three deacons, on 3 June 2007. [4] However it was beyond our imagination that a peaceful minded person like Mgr. Paulus Faraj Raho who loved Iraq so much and was a preacher of respect, love, unity and solidarity would be targeted by those whose dictionary lacks these noble terms.

 

As our nation was not yet recovered from this paralysis and abomination, on Saturday 5th of April 2008 [5] our nation was rocked yet again with a new horror namely, the cowardly killing in cold blood of the West- Aramean Syrian Orthodox Priest of Baghdad, Yusuf Adel Abudi. Father Yusuf Adel Abudi was a shining example of a Christian spiritual leader working for unity, understanding and love between all Iraqis. Unfortunately this policy is not appreciated by those who have no interest in a stable and democratic Iraq and hence have implacably killed him.

 

Like we have stated in our letter of 29-8-2007 [6] to His Excellency President Jalal Talabani, his Excellency Prime Minister Nouri Kamal Al-Maliki and his Excellency Hosyar Zebari, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, we again reiterate our position that these shocking atrocities, which utterly paralyzed our nation, are certainly not committed by the peaceful minded vast majority of the Iraqi people. What the overwhelming majority of the Iraqi people want is peace, love and brotherhood for everybody in Iraq irrespective of faith, ethnicity and gender.

 

We were indeed strengthened in our cause by the overwhelming and heart-warming support, solidarity and sympathy demonstrated by Iraqis after the killing of Mgr. Paulus Faraj Raho, including participation in demonstrations by Islamic and non-Islamic spiritual and laymen leaders. The unambiguous condemnations and abundant expressions of horror and disgust by Islamic and non-Islamic spiritual leaders of all ethnicities in Iraq towards this cowardly killing, proves to us in no uncertain terms that these horrible atrocities, beyond the imagination of any sincere human being, could not possibly have been carried out by the Iraqi people who are thirsty for peace and unity.

 

On the other hand, we have the reason to believe that these horrendous acts not only against the Aramean indigenous nation of Iraq, but also against many peaceful and innocent Iraqi people are thought-out, fuelled, channeled and carried out under the supervision of outsiders who have no interest in a stable, prosperous and democratic Iraq with basic human rights standards and values. The main goal of this hatred, bloodshed and killing promoted by the outsiders is to create more chaos and anarchy, therefore preventing Iraq from becoming a shining example in the Middle-East where the law of respect, peace, love and brotherhood is applied in stead of the law of the jungle, preferred by those whose dictionary lacks words like respect, brotherhood and love.

 

Your Excellency,

 

We wish to underscore that we have no doubt about the willingness and efforts of the Iraqi government tot protect all her citizens, including the Aramean and Christian clergy in Iraq. Unfortunately, as we have painfully witnessed, these efforts are not sufficient, because they could not prevent the aforementioned heartrending and paralyzing atrocities. One important reason is because of the present state of chaos in Iraq, the government lacks the power and the scope to provide her citizens with the minimum protection. Another point is that in contrast to others, the various Aramean denominations do not have their own militia to protect themselves and hence completely depend on the Iraqi government for their safety.

For this reason, we believe that an extraordinary situation asks for temporarily exceptional measures. Therefore, we think that it would be worthwhile to consider the possibility of protection of the Christian clergy by a special anti-terror unit. Such a protection program could not only stem the tide of threat and insecurity but also positively facilitate a general feeling of safety among our nation in Iraq.

 

Facing the present unprecedented and difficult circumstances we believe, your Excellency, that the Iraqi government cannot handle alone such a protection program and could ask for assistance from United Nations or EU for realization of these temporarily necessary measures in protection of our spiritual leaders.

 

We wish to conclude our letter with the hope that you have noticed our sincere concerns and will urge the government to consider our humble request for the protection of the Aramean Christian clergies and others in Iraq who wish to build up an Iraq where everybody feels at home without being threatened, attacked, cast out or killed because of ones religion, ethnicity or political orientation.

 

 

Respectfully yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Sengo

Chairman

Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization

Gabi Gallo

Chairman

Aramaic Democratic Organsiation (ArDO)

 

 

  

Copy sent to: Secretary General of United Nations, European Union

 

 

 

 

Footnotes:

 

[1] http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/East-Aramean_Chaldean_Bishop_Killed_13_3_2008.htm

[2] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Priester_Iskandar_12_10_2006.htm

[3] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Isoh_Majeed_Haday_22_11_2006.htm

[4] http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/MurderRagiedAzizGanie_3_6_2007.htm

[5] http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/West-Aramean_YusufAdelAbudi_Killed_Iraq_4_5_2008.htm

[6] http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/Letter_Iraqi_Government_29_8_2007.htm

 

 

 

 

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Arameans of Syria: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Of_Syria.htm

Arameans of Iraq: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/iraqichristians.htm

 

 


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