MLK-Ashuroyo Orthodox Assyrian
ANKAWA, Iraq – A small ceremony this week marked the start of construction of the new Syriac school called “Meltho” in Ankawa, Erbil. The building of the school is under supervision of the Syriac Orthodox Church and supported by the Hungarian government
So far, only an estimated 60,000 Chaldeans-Syriacs-Assyrians have returned to the Nineveh Plain and there are domestic and foreign powers pushing to change the demographic composition of the Nineveh Plain
Bishop Sharaf is a supporter of such “a Christian home in the Nineveh Plains under international protection”. At a 2017 reception at the European Centre for Law and Justice, he expressed his disappointment in the passive attitude of governments, ignoring the situation of the Syriacs and other minorities in Iraq; “We Syriacs, are the original inhabitants of this land, then we became a minority and now we are merely refugees in our own country.”
“Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds: they all have got their territory. Christians, he asked, must also have a right to live in peace, they need a secured home”
After ISIS, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian political parties convened at the 2017 Brussels conference in the European Parliament “A Future for Christians in Iraq”,which brought the case for federal self-rule for the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in Iraq on the agenda of international forums and put it in the agenda of international organizations. Two Syriac patriarchs were present, His Holiness Joseph Younan III of the Syriac Catholic Church and His Holiness Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church.