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An Assyrian Village Headman ‘s plea from Mardin, Turkey: Come Back to Your Village

May-20-2012 at 10:52 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Assyrian Village in Mardin, southeastern Turkey

An Assyrian Village Headman ‘s plea from Mardin, Turkey: Come Back to Your Village
by National Turk. May 17, 2012.

After decades of living outside of Turkey, many of Turkey’s Assyrian Diaspora are returning to the land of their birth in Mardin, southeastern Turkey.

Mardin / NationalTurk – Aziz Demir is one of the many returnees. In 2006, after living in Switzerland for 22 years Aziz Demir and his wife and three children returned to the village of Elbeyendi in the southern Turkish province of Mardin.

Demir, the village headman, calls now on the rest of the Assyrian Diaspora (many of whom live in western countries like the US and Europe) to return home. Demir mentiones that the Assyrian homeland is in the land stretching from western Iran through northern Iraq and Syria to southeastern Turkey. Demir says that the Assyrians have been living in this land for more than thousands of years.

When he and his family first came back to Elbeyendi village Demir states they found that 12 other Assyrian families had returned before his family has. Before those 12 returning families the village of Elbeyendi had been left vacant, almost a ruin, for many years.

In the past years Assyrian villagers, who has come back to home, have repaired much of their community, rebuilding their villa homes with modern plumbing, electricity, television and roads. Village leaders have built an internet café and cafeteria in the center of the village and they have reconstructed their village’s church.

Demir and his wife note they are happy they returned to their village.

Assyrian people have gradually become a minority in their homelands as from 8th century. They are indigenous and have traditionally lived all over what is now Iraq, north east Syria, north west Iran, and Southeastern Turkey. Assyrians are predominantly Christian.

The Assyrian people are an ancient people of the Fertile Crescent who still speak Aramaic language, the lingua franca of the Middle East during Jesus’ era.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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