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A Christmas Gift for Nineveh

Dec-07-2011 at 02:00 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

A Christmas Gift for Nineveh

by Assyria Foundation Netherlands in cooperation with Assyrian Aid Society, Assyrian Heritage, Diyarbakir Tur-Abdin Assyrian Association, and Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union - Canada (ACSSU). December, 2011.

A Christmas Gift for Nineveh

Just like the previous year, we will surprise the kids in the province of Nineveh in Northern Iraq (Assyria) on Christmas. The past years we received donations from all over the world to support this event. The kids in this war-torn country experienced an unforgettable evening when Santa Claus appeared at their houses with a bag full of Christmas gifts. The program was created by Firas Jatou, President of the Assyrian Academic Society, back in 2004 to provide gifts for the children in Nineveh in northern Iraq.

Dutch Provincial Parliamentarian for the Labour Party, Ms. Attiya Gamri, who herself is member of the Syrian-Orthodox Church, one of the several churches that are currently under oppression in Iraq, will again patronize this event:

The Nineveh Plains in the northern Iraq is a mosaic of peoples and religions. It’s a safe haven for every refugee and displaced person. You will find here the greatest diversity of cultures in Iraq: Yezidi’s, Shabaks, Turkmen, Kurds, Arabs and of course the Assyrian Christians. The Assyrians, known for their peaceful character, are in numbers the majority compared to the other groups. Young and old have been traumatized because of the horrible events in the past years. The Christian Assyrians have been a continuos target of political groups and extremists. This has caused many families to leave their homes to a safer place. I do hope that we, from Holland and the rest of the world, can offer these people a special Christmas greeting by sending them a gift!”

Assyrian Aid Society, the best known non-profit organisation in the Nineveh plains, has offered help in the financial transaction from Europe to Iraq.

The gifts are bought in Northern Iraq by a members of the Chaldo-Assyrian Student Union (University of Mosul). This way we support the local shops and no money is lost in transporting gifts from Europe.

Every gift for a child in Iraq costs about 1- 2 Euros and you can count the number of gifts you provide those kids with your donation! Santa Claus will visit many villages and will not pass by any house!

Do you wish to support this project?

Make a child in Nineveh happy and send your donation to:

Assyria Foundation - Netherlands
(Stichting Assyrie Nederland)

Bank- account: 5090543
International Bank Account Number (IBAN): NL29INGB0005090543
City: Oldenzaal
Country: Netherlands
Bank name: ING
Please mention this as: “Christmas Gift for Nineveh”

Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to e mail us at: info < a t> or use our contact form.

This project will continue till December 22nd, 2011 and will be organized together with a growing number of organisation:

Assyria Foundation – Netherlands

The Assyrian Heritage – Ms. Christine Faulkner

DTAA – Diyarbakir Tur-Abdin Assyrian Association
New York/New Jersey

Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union – Canada (ACSSU)

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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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