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

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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

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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 United Nations for help to protect the Aramean clergy and Aramean Indigenous people of Iraq.

 

A letter to Ban Ki-Moon by: Aram-Naharaim Organisation and Aramaic Democratic Organisation

 

Following the letter of the Aram-Naharaim Organisation and the Aramaic Democratic Organisation sent to the Iraqi government on 22nd of April 2008 in which they ask for a special protection program in protecting the Aramean spiritual leaders in Iraq, both organisations have sent a letter on 6th of May 2008 to the Secretary General of the United Nation requesting for the involvement of the UN with this protection programme. Please find below the letter sent to the UN.

 


Dutch Version

 

Nr.: 2008-05-6/04

 

Netherlands, 6th of May 2008

 

Subject: 

  • Help to protect the Aramean Christian indigenous nation and clergy in Iraq.

  • Letter to the Iraqi Government (Enclosure 2)

 

The Most Honourable Secretary-General of the United Nations

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

U.N. Headquarters, Room S-3800

New York, NY 10017

United States

 

Your Excellency;

 

We, the undersigned, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization and the Aramaic Democratic Organization are writing to ask for your help in protecting the Aramean spiritual leaders in Iraq, for they are targeted and killed by those who do not want Iraq to became a tolerant, democratic and a moderate state with basic Human Rights standards and values.

 

Although the Aramean indigenous people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) of Mesopotamia [1], are peaceful minded, living according to the ten commandments, showing respect, dignity and love to their neighbours and always respecting the law of the countries in which they reside, they have a long and painful history of persecutions, discriminations, exclusion, extortion and genocides. [2]

 

They not only suffered severely from the hands of those who apply the path of fanaticism and intolerance but also from those who came from outside and presented themselves as the children of ‘light’, ‘peace’ and ‘brotherhood’ and fragmented our nation in the name of ‘education’, ‘faith’, ‘help’ and ‘assistance’. This colonial spiritual intervention by the Western missionaries [3] and diplomats has damaged our nation severely by planting doubts in their hearts regarding their origin and imposing fake names “Chaldeans” (since the 16th century by Roman Catholics) and “Assyrians” (since the 19th century by Anglicans) resulting in a severe form of fanaticism, nationalism, mutual hatred, division and hostility, thus a kind of spiritual genocide was committed against our nation. [4]

 

Nevertheless, the Aramean people, who were also made known as “Assyrians” and “Chaldeans”, made a significant contribution to world civilizations in particular through their Aramaic language, also spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ. [5] This ancient Semitic people, now divided into several denominations and spread throughout the Middle East, amount to approximately 8 million people worldwide (Enclosure 1: Aramean denominations).

 

Your Excellency;

 

As it is known to you, the daily suffering of many innocent Iraqi people, including children and elderly people, is heartrending and unbearable. Flying parts of human bodies, mangled bodies in the streets covered with human blood, desperate and crying mothers; children crying for their parents, heartbreaking scenes, it is unbearable how the innocent people of Iraq are suffering. The cradle of civilization is burning and peace, love and brotherhood seems to be far away and unachievable.

 

However the situation for the Aramean indigenous Christian nation is even worse, for they have no means to defend themselves and in many cases they are at the mercy of those whose dictionary lacks words like “peace”, “solidarity” and “unity”. As a result, an important part of our nation has left Iraq for countries like Syria, Jordan and the West.

The Iraqi government is doing everything she can to provide her citizens with basic protection. Unfortunately, as we have painfully experienced, this is not enough to prevent the killing and abductions of numerous Aramean spiritual leaders and others by groups who we believe are promoted by outsiders with the goal of creating more chaos and instability within Iraq.

 

For this reason we sent a letter to the Iraqi government on 22 of April 2008 in which we shortly describe the suffering of the Aramean people, also known as “Assyrians” and “Chaldeans”, and strongly urge that a special protection program be considered, with the assistance of the United Nations, to protect the Aramean spiritual leaders in Iraq (Enclosure 2: Letter to Iraqi Government).

 

Your Excellency,

 

Such a protection program may positively contribute to a general feeling of safety, hence preventing our nation leaving from the lands of their forefathers which they have inhabited for thousands of years.

 

Therefore, we believe that the United Nations can play a significant role in this protection program by offering the Iraqi government the necessary means and assistance.

 

The Aramean Christian nation of Iraq, have been present for thousands of years in this part of the world, also known as the Cradle of Civilization. It would be a great loss to mankind if the Cradle of Civilization would be cleaned of its original inhabitants by those who apply and enjoy the law of the jungle in stead of the law of respect, brotherhood and solidarity where all the Iraqi can live together irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political orientation. Today something can be done to prevent this happening, tomorrow may be too late!

 

Respectfully Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Sengo

Chairman

Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization

Gabi Gallo

Chairman

Aramaic Democratic Organsiation (ArDO)

 

 

 

 Enclosures: 2

 

 

Footnotes:

 

[1] In ancient times ‘Mesopotamia’ was called Aram-Nahrin in Aramaic and Aram-Naharaim in Hebrew. More about this: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Aramnaharaim.htm

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

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

[4] On 22nd of August 2007 we sent a letter to President Bush, President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Brown to help unify our nation, for it is the moral obligation of the West: Unifying the Aramean nation, repairing and healing of the wounds caused by the West

http://www.iraqichristians.org/English/Letter_Bush_Sakozy_brown_22_8_2007.htm

[5] More about this, see a six-partite comprehensive interview with the chairman of Aramnahrin Organization: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Interview_Chairmain_Aram-Naharaim_26_6_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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