Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:04 PM in Nineveh, Assyria
To know your past, is to know yourself.
The single-minded adherence to the Christian faith from late antiquity until the present time has made Christianity an indelible part of Assyrian identity, but it has also subjected the Assyrians to endless persecutions and massacres, first in the hands of the Romans, then in the hands of the Sasanian Persians, and last in the hands of Arabs, Kurds and Turks. These persecutions and massacres have reduced the total number of Assyrians from an estimated 20 million or more in antiquity to well under two million today.
— Dr. Simo Parpola Director, Department of Assyriology Helsinki University, Finland.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The
agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect
refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to
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everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in
another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally
or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless
Since 1950, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart
their lives. Today, a staff of more than 9,300 people in 123 countries
continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally
displaced and stateless people.