Assyrians Without Borders – Press Release

It all started as a journey, and it came to be something unforgettable for the 17 young Assyrians who visited their parents’ villages in Turabdin, southeast of Turkey. This was the spark that set it all off, and there was a will to help all the Assyrians who had stayed in their countries; Assyrians Without Borders was a fact.
In the Middle East there used to live several million Assyrians, but today this number has decreased to circa 1.2 million, today most of them live in northern Iraq, and they live under dreadful circumstances. The situation in Iraq now seems to be worse than ever, and independent sources say that about 150 000 Assyrians live under horrible circumstances mostly in Jordan and Syria.
The need of a relief organization for the Assyrians in the native country has never been as urgent as it is today. There are a number of Assyrian relief organizations of different kinds, but the need of a continuous and controlled work is large. To Assyrians Without Borders, it is of importance to be able to guarantee the contributors that the help comes in use. The gifts donated to Assyrians Without Borders are guaranteed to reach our vulnerable people in the native country. Assyrians Without Borders is granted a control-account; a so called 90-account – a postal and bank giro account that begins with the numbers 90 – which makes heavy demands with constant controls of the work and economy. This makes Assyrians Without Borders the only Assyrian relief organization that has a 90-accont. Today there are about 300 associations in Sweden that have been granted a 90-account. Among them there are for example, The Red Cross, Save the Children, and UNICEF.
Assyrians Without Borders has as its only beacon to help exposed Assyrians who still live in the native country, regardless of them living in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or Iran. No distinction is made between Assyrians of different church belonging or residence.
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