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.


 

Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organizations attends the anual meeting of the Working Group on the Indigenous Populations.

 

A statement on the situation of the Aramean people in the middle-east with a reference to Turkey and Iraq

The Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Foundation was invited by the working group on the Indigenous Populations to attend the annual meeting of the working group. The Chairman of the Aram-Naharaim Organization, Mr. Gabriel Sengo, attended as from Monday 19th of July – Friday 23rd of July 2004 the meeting of the Working Group in Geneva; Switzerland.

 

 Dutch Version


Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Working Group on the Indigenous Populations; 22nd session

Switzerland;

Geneva: 19-23 July 2004

Read Out:  21-7-2004

The exclusion and discrimination of the Indigenous Aramean people of Mesopotamia (Aram-Naharaim)

Oral statement under item: 4 Review of developments pertaining to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, including their human rights and fundamental freedom:

(b) Conflict resolution

Expanded version of the Oral statement: Italic + Bold [Between brackets]= Not Read out Loud

 

Mr. Chairman;

 

In the framework of item 4(b), we would like to bring to your attention the exclusion and discrimination of the indigenous Aramean people of Mesopotamia in a complex conflict area, the lands of the forefathers; which is also called ‘Aram-Nahrin’ in Aramaic, ‘Aram-Naharaim’ in Hebrew and ‘Mesopotamia’ in Greek[1]. This ancient Semitic people, now divided into several denominations[2] and spread throughout the Middle East, have been in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilisation, for thousands of years and have made a great contribution to the world civilizations particularly through their language, the Aramaic also spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ. Today, they amount to approximately 4 million people, worldwide, who have faced discrimination, ethnic cleansing, genocides[3] and continuous persecutions for hundreds of years and still continues today.

 

[ After the coming of Jesus Christ, the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim accepted the teachings of Christ and established together with the apostles of Jesus and the converted Jews, the Syrian Church of Antioch, the second Patriarchy after Jerusalem, where for the first time the followers of Jesus Christ were called “Christians” (Acts 11:26). This church was the mother of all the Churches – and the first Church established outside Israel, whose Patriarch currently resides in Damascus, Syria. ]

[ The Semitic Arameans (‘not to be confused with “Armenians”) underwent a change of name after they had embraced Christianity and were then called “Syrians”[4], in order to be distinguished from the Arameans who were not converted. However, this should be not confused with the present-day Syrian Arabs. ]

 

The area of Aram-Naharaim has been the scene of battles and conflicts for hundreds of years between various groups and peoples whose dictionary lacks words like peace, brotherhood and respect and seems resort to the path of intolerance and fanaticism; a path which has opened the way for bloodshed, hatred and genocide. It is this very path, which makes conflict resolution almost impossible. Many of these groups claim to be the rightful owners of Aram-Naharaim thereby neglecting the fundamental human rights and privileges of the indigenous Aramean people. The result of this intolerance expresses itself today in suicide and car bombs which is the daily reality in Aram-Naharaim.

 

Mr. Chairman;

 

In spite of the fact that the Aramean people are caught, in a very difficult and complex conflict area, between groups and peoples whose only goal seems to be ruling and forcing others to their wiliness; the peaceful-minded Semitic Arameans have always tried to solve conflicts by living in peace and brotherhood with the other peoples in this part of the world, treating them with brotherly respect and obeying the laws of the countries in which we reside. Unfortunately, the Aramean concept of peaceful cooperation based on equality and mutual understanding; which is we believe a good way to solve conflicts; was not received with open arms by everybody in this part of the world.

On the contrary, the injustice done to the indigenous Aramean people in the area of Aram-Naharaim for centuries in terms of discrimination; exclusion, ethnic cleansing and genocide cannot be explained by a pen and paper. The climax of torture and terror was reached in 1914-1918, when approximately 600.000[3] of them of different denominations were brutally slaughtered, whose innocent blood is still crying for justice.

 

[ Another point of concern is that our people and spiritual leaders are forced to deny any form of discrimination or persecution. This is a well-known tactic which some countries avail themselves of in order to cover or deny any problems of minorities within their boundaries. Other spiritual leaders are oppressed to deny our rich heritage for example by identifying our people as “Arab Christians”, which of course we are not! Neither are we Turkish Christians nor are we Kurdish Christians, but we are the indigenous Arameans of Aram-Naharaim who have been present for thousands of years in this part of the world. ]

 

[ Western missionaries…..

In the framework of this subject I feel forced also to say something about those who acted as “our brothers”; but unfortunately damaged our people severely.

Nobody gave any attention to our cry caused by pain and wounds in a conflict area where it seems that there is only the law of the jungle valid. After hundreds of years being persecuted and ignored, we finally thought that the western missionaries, who came to the Middle East in the name of peace and brotherhood, would hear our cry. Unfortunately this turned out to be a miscalculation, since the missionaries, who were supposed to preach love and unity- a way to solve conflicts and to give others the example, acted quite conversely to their goal of preaching love and unity. Instead, they severely damaged our people by creating division, and split our people into several denominations[2], weakening and making our people vulnerable to those who are not sensitive to tolerance and peace.

Indeed, we the Aramean Christians do believe fairly in love and brotherhood towards other Christians and non-Christians (no matter the denomination); because we believe this is the best way to solve conflicts. This has been the reason that we welcomed the Western Missionaries in the 16th and 19th centuries as our equals in faith of truth and justice. We thought maybe the Western missionaries could help us to protect us against the fanatical groups of the middle-east. Unfortunately this turned out to be a miscalculation!

Although the name of our people and its history is very well documented by brilliant scholars[4] of the Syrian Church of Antioch, the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican missionaries felt it necessary to stick mythical names onto the minds of our people, which has caused us to be frequently misrepresented[5] in some media by people who have no authority whatsoever to speak on behalf of our people.

In 1552/53 the Syrian “Nestorian” Church of the East was split into two groups as a result of the activities of the missionaries of the Roman Catholic Church. The part of the Church united with the Catholic Church in 1552/1553 assumed the name “Chaldean” and with that, the Chaldean Church (of Babylon) was born. In the late 19th century, we see a similar thing happening.  This time, being carried out by the Anglican missionaries, with the remaining part of the East-Syrian “Nestorians” of Hakkaria (bordering Turkey and Iraq) and Urmia (Iran), who were wrongfully identified as Assyrians”; purely geographical and only applied to the “Nestorians”.

The East-Aramean “Nestorians” prefer, since then, to call themselves “Assyrians” and try, by all means possible, to force this term onto other Aramean denominations by spreading plenty of biased information regarding the origin of our people and our language[5].

These painful and mythical descriptions in reference to our people, invented by outsiders, who were unaware of the Hidden Pearl[6], which was, till the present day, buried beneath the persecutions and ethnic cleansing of past centuries, are definitely not in agreement with the historical facts recorded by the brilliant historians of the Church of Antioch[4] who enlightened the world of their time, not only with the theological knowledge but with profane science as well.

The coming of the missionaries to the middle-east did not contribute to stability and mutual understanding between various peoples; but rather resulted in hatred and jalousie towards the Aramean people and their decline in the middle-east. ]

 

To give you an idea about the exclusion and discrimination of the Aramean people in the lands of the forefathers; two examples will be given, namely:

  1. The new constitution[7] of Iraq does not make any mention of the indigenous Aramean people; while those who have no indigenous roots in Iraq at all are mentioned in this constitution.

  2. The Aramean people in Turkey are not recognised as a distinct ethnic minority and although now and then permitted; officially it is forbidden to teach our sacred Aramaic language.

Mr. Chairman;

 

The history clearly testify that we are the original inhabitants of Aram-Naharaim; that this part of the world bears our name; that we contributed to the world civilisations; that we bear with us an antique and rich heritage which has been developed and preserved for thousands of years; which is we believe not only our heritage but the heritage of mankind as well.

For this reason it would have not only done justice to the historical facts and promoted the path of respect and dignity; but would have also given evidence of respect towards the heirs of the ancient history when they were included in the new constitution of Iraq.

However where there is a will to equality and dignity, there is a way.

 

Thank you;

 

 

Gabriel Sengo

(President)

Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization

P.O. Box 178

7550 AD

Hengelo(Ov.);

Netherlands

 


[1]= http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Aramnaharaim.htm

[2]= http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/SyrianChurch.jpg

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

[4]= www.aramnaharaim.org; http://www.aramnaharaim.org/ArameansMesopotamia.htm

[5]= http://www.aramnaharaim.org/roomofshame.htm

[6]= The Hidden Pearl: http://www.aramnaharaim.org/film_arameans.htm

[7]= http://www.cpa-iraq.org/government/TAL.html#

 

 

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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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