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AAS-Iraq supports our students with the beginning of the new school year

With the start of the new academic year 2017 – 2018 in order to bring joy in the hearts of our students and support their parents. The Assyrian Aid Society, in cooperation with the International Christian Orthodox and International Lutheran Relief Societies (IOCC), distribute stationery to our students at various levels of study in the governorates of Dohuk, Arbil and Nineveh Plain villages.On Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 2017, the Assyrian Aid Society-Iraq distributed the stationery to (1270) students in school of Alqosh town, including (First & second Alqosh primary schools, Alqosh basic school, Alqosh secondary school and Dost high school). On Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017, the school supplies were distributed to (550) students in schools of Shekhan area (Perozawa primary school, Ainsefne…

UNAMI delegation hosts meeting with our people’s representatives in Duhok to discuss transgression on our lands.

On November 11, 2017, Ms. Ruwaida Al-Haj, an official of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), held a meeting with Chaldean Syriac Assyrian representatives in Dohuk to discuss the land grabbing violations in the villages of our people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and to discuss the meetings held by UNAMI with officials in the Region to end these abuses. During the meeting, the mission listened to the problems faced by all villages related to the issues of transgression and expropriation of their lands. A number of suggestions were presented by our representatives as solutions for this problematic and important issue, in order to find resolutions and move forward quickly in Nahla…

Kurdish Asayish forces arrest four young men from our community in Teleskof

According to media sources, the Kurdish Asayish forces arrested four young men in the town of Tesqopa (Teleskof), Nineveh Plain on different and unclear charges in the last two days. Ankawa.com reported that the Kurdish security forces arrested the first young man [Q] on Thursday (November 9) morning. On the same day, another young man [LN] was arrested. A close relative of one of the detainees informed us at Zowaa.org that the two young men are still detained at Asayish headquarters, and reasons for their arrests are still unclear, but one of the charges is believed to be raising the Iraqi flag in the town of Teleskof. Two days ago the Asayish forces arrested two other young men, [ES] and…

UNAMI promises to review cases of transgression on our people’s lands

Ruwaida AlHaj (Human Rights Official of UNAMI) assured our representatives that they would follow up with the transgression issue on the lands and villages of our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, this will be done through field visits to the villages and meetings with officials in authority to end the mistreatment. This came during a meeting of a UN delegation that included a team of experts headed by Ruwaida AlHaj with representatives of our people in the office of Mr. Jaafar Aymanki (Deputy Speaker of KRG Parliament) on Tuesday November 7, in the presence of Al Rafedain bloc representatives MP Yacoob Gewargis Yaco (head of Al Rafedain bloc), MP Lina Azaria (Al Rafedain) and MP…

Land grabbing and transgressions continue in Naf Kendala village within the Zakho District.

A group of members of the Kurdish village of Sarsolavki in the Darkar District, led by Tayeb Sallou Aziz, vandalized the fence of a farm belonging to the village of Naf Kendala in the Zakho District. In his statement to Zowaa.org, the village’s mayor said that at 10 am on Friday, November 3, 2017, a group led by Tayeb Sallou Aziz from Sarsolavki vandalized the fence and seized 3 acres of a farm that belonged to the village of Naf Kendala. The village mayor requested for political and governmental authorities to intervene to solve the problem and to put an end to the transgression, hoping to implement the law and end all transgressions in the village led by the Kurds…

Statement on Nineveh Plain – Chaldean Patriarchate

The Patriarchate Media It is unfortunate that the attempt to put a hand on the towns of the Nineveh Plain, through public or concealed struggles is imposing a negative influence on the native people of this land. This sort of “Control / Invasion” is taking away the indigenous legitimate rights, provokes them to emigrate or forcing them to exclude the idea of returning back to their homes. In spite of the reassuring speeches repeated by Government Officials about respecting the self-determination rights of Christians, the practices on the ground are irritating and disturbing. Most likely by making decisions on their behalf, while the fair solution is to; listen to the voice of indigenous people; respect their right in choosing the right…