By Siranush Ghazanchyan
The peak advocacy bodies of the Armenian-Australian, Assyrian-Australian and Greek-Australian communities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the "Joint Justice Initiative" at a Cultural Cocktail event at the Australian Parliament House's Mural Hall on Tuesday 25th February 2020, the Armenian National Committee of Australia reports.
Batnaya is a town in the north of Iraq, some 24 km from Mosul. Before ISIS arrived there were 950 families living here, all of them Chaldean Catholics. It was used by the terrorist group as its frontline while it shelled Kurdish troops. So without doubt it was one of the worst hit areas, first by the invasion of the Islamist terrorists and then by a coalition airstrike.
"Change is in the air" in Aleppo as people "seem to show greater confidence" following the advance of the Syrian army, which is now in "full control of the highway that connects the city to Damascus," said Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo.
By Mina Aldroubi
The United Nations heritage agency said on Monday that it will start the reconstruction of Mosul's Syriac Catholic Al Tahera Church destroyed by ISIS, which was known to be a symbol of the city's rich diversity. The church was severely damaged by the insurgents during the battle for the northern Iraqi city that was seized back by government forces in December 2017.
(AINA) -- Several news agencies in Iran have published a story claiming that Assyrians are "indebted to General Soleimani" for his help in securing the release of Assyrians captured in Syria by ISIS in 2015. The Fars News Agency (FNA) has a story with the headline Senior MP: Assyrian Society Indebted to General Soleimani.
The Syrian Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday that called for the recognition and condemnation of the genocide of Armenians, Assyrians, and Syriacs that took place in the early part of the 20th Century.
The Assyrian Policy Institute is deeply concerned by the indictment of Assyrian Priest Sefer Aho Bileçen (who leads Mor Yacoub Syriac Orthodox Monastery) on terrorism charges in Turkey. He was formally indicted on January 16, 2020, however, Turkish authorities withheld the information until February 8, 2020.
By Doreen Abi Raad
BEIRUT -- In a private meeting with Pope Francis, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East had an opportunity to sound the alarm regarding the survival of Christians in the region as a result of persecution, extremism, economic insecurity and immigration to the West.
By Amanda Casanova
Christians in Iraq are continuing to flee the country even though the violence has slowed. According to The Christian Post, families are choosing to leave the country that they say is becoming a "land of militias." "They feel there is no peace, law or justice here in Baghdad, and that our country has become a land of militias," the parish priest, Father Nadheer Dako, told The Telegraph.
Wissam Ablahad (26) is a Syriac Orthodox young man who lives with his parents and two siblings in the township of Ba'ashiqah, on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. Wissam and his family, like many thousands of Christian families who live on the Nineveh Plains, fled the 2014 ISIS invasion of the region and spent several years living in Erbil, Kurdistan.
In northeastern Syria, the Christian minority is caught in the crossfire. When Turkey launched Operation "Peace Spring" against Kurdish YPG fighters on the Turkish-Syrian border last October 9, Christians found themselves surrounded by fighting. Turkish forces and their allies took control of a handful of predominantly Christian villages in the Khabur Valley.
Iraq must preserve its "unity" in the "diversity of its components" and their "multiplicity", although in recent years "most political parties" have fueled and sharpened "sectarianism and fragmentation" writes the Chaldean primate Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako.