Returning from Europe decades after fleeing war, ancient community asserts new multicultural identity in Aramaic, German
by Dalia Mortada @dalia_mortada
The town of Kafro (Elbe?end? in Turkish), now populated by about a third of the families that lived there before the fighting between the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Continue reading

Kurdish and Syriac forces regain Assyrian villages from jihadists

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Kurdish and Syriac forces regain Assyrian villages from jihadists
A Kurdish YPG fighter at the top of a destroyed tank, which was hit during clashes with ISIS militants in Hasakah countryside. Photo: ARA News
Sere Kaniye, Syria – Subsequent to fierce battles with the Islamic State group (IS/ISIL), the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained control of new Continue reading

Iraqi American photographer tells the community’s stories

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By Natasha Dado Salwan Georges
DEARBORN—Salwan Georges missed six years of school while growing up as a refugee in Syria. Georges, 25, was born in Baghdad during the Gulf War. His family resettled in Syria to escape the political turmoil in Iraq, but Georges was not able to attend school because of his refugee status. Continue reading

Don’t forget us, Iraqi Christians’ plea to UK bishops

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THE bishop overseeing the needs of displaced Christian families in northern Iraq called on an ecumenical delegation to ensure Britain does not forget the plight of Iraq’s suffering Christians.
Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil made the plea to UK Christian leaders from the Catholic, Oriental Orthodox and Anglican communities visiting northern Iraq Continue reading

Assyrian Christian Children Forced to Watch ISIS Beheadings: ‘What Kind of World Is This for Kids to Grow Up In?’

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By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut, Lebanon, February 28, 2015. Militants in northeast Syria are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. The banner (R) reads, “We Continue reading

Syrian Christians Find Safety From ISIS In Beirut

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When Islamic terror groups arrived in their Syrian hometown of Al-Hasakah, Assyrian Christians were systematically victimized. The lucky managed to flee.
Patrick Strickland (2015-05-19)
BEIRUT — Standing in front of a local Assyrian church, Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee from Syria who arrived in Beirut two months ago, recalls the difficult Continue reading

One woman’s struggle for her people’s future

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By: Diana Darke
Februniye Akyol, the Syriac Christian co-mayor of Turkey’s Mardin, says only through true equality can her people thrive, writes Diana Darke.
A Syriac Christian woman is challenging sexual and religious discrimination in conservative southeastern Turkey and building bridges with her co-religionists fleeing Continue reading

One block in Hamtramck: A little bit of everything on Caniff

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WALTER WASACZ
On the long block of Caniff between Jos. Campau and Gallagher streets in Hamtramck, a tiny storefront has been brought back to life. Inside, everything looks clean and fresh: the walls are painted white, yellow, and orange, and new wood floors shine underfoot. A chess board and other games are strewn about the room. Continue reading

Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

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By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS — May 16, 2015) — Juliana George, a 16 year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad last week, has been released after the payment of a $55,000 ransom.
The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) reported that according to her father, Continue reading

Hereditary martyrs: the Christian victims of ISIS’s massacres

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By Juliana Taimoorazy
Hereditary martyrs: the Christian victims of ISIS’s massacres
Assyrian Christians who fled the unrest in Syria and Iraq demonstrate during a gathering in front of the UN house in Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday. Photo: EPA
Woody Allen once joked that sterility is hereditary: If you don’t have any children, you Continue reading

ISIL imposes restrictions in Mosul during Ramadan

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The file photo shows ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq.
The ISIL Takfiri group has made new harsh rules in the Iraqi city of Mosul, imposing restrictions on individuals during the fasting month of Ramadan.
According to a source in the city, residents in Mosul, which is under the rule of the Continue reading