In the 1914-15 period, the Christian peoples living under the Ottoman-Turkish rule were subjected to genocide and destruction in their historical lands, their centuries-old cultural, social and economic richness, assets and savings were destroyed and forcibly changed hands. Armenians, Greeks and Syriacs, as Christian peoples, were driven from their lands as a result of the violence and genocide they suffered.
During World War I the Ottoman Turks carried out one of the largest genocides in the world’s history, killing over 1.5 million Armenians, 500 000 Chaldeans-Syrian-Assyrians and 350 000 Greek Pontiacs. His Holiness Pope Francis declared it “the first genocide of the 20th century” and Syriac Christians commemorate this day on June 15, Armenians on April 24 and Greek Pontics on May 19.
1914-15 döneminde, Osmanlı-Türk yönetimi altında yaşayan Hristiyan halklar soykırıma uğrayarak tarihsel topraklarında imha edildi, yüzyıllık kültürel, sosyal ve ekonomik zenginlikleri, varlıkları ve birikimleri yok edildi ve zorla el değiştirildi. Hristiyan halklar olan Ermeniler, Rumlar ve Süryaniler uğradıkları şiddet ve soykırım sonucu topraklarından sürüldü.
Son haftalarda Türkiye kamuoyunun ve medyanın geniş bir şekilde tekrardan konuştuğu 1990’lı yıllardaki faili meçhul cinayetler, gözaltında kayıplar ve hak ihlalleri konuları, adaletin sağlanmadığı ve ilgili şahısların bugün dahi güç ve iktidar odaklarının merkezinde olduğu bir kez daha açığa çıkmaktadır. 1990’lı yıllarda yaşanan 17 bine yakın faili meçhul cinayet ve kayıplar içinde Turabdin bölgesi Süryanileri de hedef alındı ve bu saldırılar neticesinde Avrupa’ya yoğun bir göç dalgası başladı. Yaklaşık 60 Süryaninin öldürüldüğü bu cinayetler aydınlığa kavuşmadı ve Meclis altında yapılan talepler de cevapsız bırakıldı.
April 24 is the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day for the Armenian people and the world paying tribute and remembering one and half million innocent souls martyred during the 1915 genocide under Ottoman-Turkish rule and their allies in this period. One century later, Armenian people and native Christian communities of Mesopotamia and the Black Sea region continue to remember, commemorate and ask for the recognition of genocide perpetrated against Christian communities during 1915.
Active organizations among our people and respected politicians from Europe started a petition for the freedom of Abuna Aho, Sefer Bilecen. Please consider signing, support and spread this important petition.
In yesterday’s hearing, Syriac Christian monk Sefer (Aho) Bilecen of Mor Yakup Monastery in Turabdin region, southeast Turkey sentenced to 2 years and 1 month to prison by Mardin local court. Monk Aho was taken into custody briefly in January 2020, released later but an indictment was prepared upon his dossier. While the hearing held at the Mardin 4h Heavy Penal Court was not attended by priest Bileçen, his attorney was present in the courtroom.
Today April 1st, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian, CSA people welcome ancient Akitu New Year amid unprecedented sanitarian measures around the world and in the Middle East region where CSA people continue their existential struggle for survival in their forefather's lands.
Today March 8, world and international community celebrate much deserved international women’s day amid COVID-19 pandemic and critical situation of women in various places around the world also threatened by the violence, war and conflicts.
Today March 5, Supreme head of Catholic world His Holiness Pope Francis is visiting Iraq for the first time as a sign of hope, peace, brotherhood and courage. Pope Francis decision to visit Iraq and meeting various communities, leaders and people will surely creat new force in Iraq and especially for beleaguered Christian communities across the country.