Syrian Assyrian Refugee in Turkey: ‚I’m Going to Snitch to God‘

By Nuri Kino – Istanbul (AINA) — I have been put in charge of the children so that they won’t hurt themselves with knives. Not being able to keep still, they run around the kitchen, happy to be at a party with children their own age. They live in cramped apartments, paid for by benefactors in Sweden and Turkey. I show them some children’s apps that I have downloaded to my phone, this catches their attention. Weiterlesen

Turkish President

Assyrians Important Part of Turkey

Ankara, Turkey (AINA) — „Assyrians are an important part of Turkey and their roots go back thousands of years on these lands,“ said the Turkish president Abdullah Gül during a meeting with Assyrian organizations on February 18th in the presidential palace in Ankara. Weiterlesen

Allegations against Chairman of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Istanbul

Turkey’s Ugly Trap for Assyrians

Stockholm (AINA) — Turkey’s permission to allow the Syrian Orthodox community to build a church in Istanbul after 90 years of the republican period did make a great splash in the Turkish press recently. At first glance, this decision is seen as a positive signal by everyone. But upon closer inspection the matter looks quite ugly and filled with mischief. Weiterlesen

Neue Verhandlungen am kommenden Dienstag, 10.11.2009 in Ankara

Interview mit Kuryakos Ergün, Stiftungs-Vorsitzender von Mor Gabriel, zu den Dauerprozessen um das syrisch-orthodoxe Kloster

Anlässlich seines Deutschlandbesuches Ende September sprach die Reporterin für Menschenrechte Marianne Brückl in Gütersloh mit dem Vorsitzenden der Klosterstiftung Mor Gabriel Kuryakos Ergün (Foto). Thema waren die andauernden Prozesse um das syrisch-orthodoxe Kloster sowie die Situation der Assyrer/Aramäer im Tur Abdin. Am Dienstag sollen nun in Ankara die Prozesse um Mor Gabriel fortgeführt werden. Weiterlesen

A Taste of Assyria

Assyrische Musik im Britischen Museum

Am 18. Februar 2009 fand unter dem Motto „A Taste of Assyria“ ein Konzert mit dem Mor Afrem Chor (Holland) zusammen mit dem Wilhelmina Orchester aus Rjissen im British Museum statt. Bekannte Sänger wie George Hohme, Nagham Moussa, Josef Cacan und Habib Moussa unterstützen den Chor mit ihrem Gesang. Weiterlesen

Mor Gabriel

The Assyrian Monastery and Its Muslim Neighbors

(AINA) — She opened the door quietly and looked at us. Her eyes caught Linda Asmar, the only woman among the crowd and stepped in the room cautiously. Adult men suddenly began to raise their voices, shouting and interrupting eachother. The girl’s face flushed red for a moment and leaned against the wall. When the men became calmer, she approached Linda and smiled at me. Her almond shaped blue eyes were so sweet. I was about to ask her name when the crowd got mad once again. Weiterlesen

Mor Filoksinos Yuhanon Dolabani

A Man of God & Assyria

Mor Dolabani was ordained bishop for Mardin and the surrounding areas on 4 May 1947 in Homs, Syria. The bishop is seen here upon arriving in Aleppo after his ordination and is received by the people while the Assyrian scouts play in the background. A new book published in Sweden reveals the intense love of this bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church for his Assyrian nation and people. Weiterlesen


Mardin Rendezvous – The second of the ‚inter-religions dialogue‘ meetings

The second of the ‚inter-religions dialogue‘ meetings, after the first one held in Harran, Urfa four years ago, took place in Mardin. The opening of the second meeting, entitled, „Inter-Cultural Dialogue/Mardin Meeting,“ was held in Kasimiyye Madrasah, Mardin and ended with a tour of Mardin city center, Midyat and Nusaybin. The symposium session of the meeting continues today and tomorrow in Istanbul. Weiterlesen