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A Documentary on the Remains of the Assyrian “Nestorian” Churches in Hakkari by Abdulmesih BarAbraham MSc. ― activist, writer, historian. | bio | writings
“Until the mid-1920s, Assyrian survivors of the Ottoman genocide of 1915-18 still inhabited the Hakkari region but were forcibly expelled by the Turkish military into Iraq.”
Hakkari – A Hakkari related portal reported recently (LINK) that the EU (European Community) and Turkish Journalists Society sponsored a 40-minutes documentary capturing and documenting the remains of Assyrian “Nestorian” churches in the region. Until the mid-1920s, Assyrian survivors of the Ottoman genocide of 1915-18 still inhabited the Hakkari region but were forcibly expelled by the Turkish military into Iraq.
Source: Colemerghaber – Docu team
Titled “Deserted Scream” , the documentary is being realized in context of the Turkish Journalists Society‘s “Media for Democracy” project. Information and suggestions by Dr. Yaşar Kaplan, who has completed a doctoral thesis on the Church of the East Assyrians, and writer Vasfi Ak, a native Hakkari researcher, were heavily considered while producing the documentary.
The focus of the documentary was on the central Church of the Assyrians in Hakkari – St. Shallita at Qudshanis, St. Isho‘ Monastery (Dêra Reş) in Şemdinli district, and some other churches along with selected religious buildings belonging to the Church of the East. From around 1685 until 1915, Qudshanis served as the patriarchal seat of that Church.
While documenting the remains of the church buildings, the historical background provided by experts about the Assyrians living in the regions has also been taken into consideration. According to the Hakkari-related portal, the shooting of the documentary started about two months ago by the investigative journalist and author Emin Sari and was completed with a shooting at St. Shallita Monastery in the Kırıkdağ (Dêze) Valley.
Dr. Nicholas Al-Jeloo, who is considered one of the Assyrian experts on the geography of the Christian villages in the Hakkari and Bohtan regions had the opportunity to meet and discuss the documentary project with the producers at the end of October. Al-Jeloo, born in Australia, is a descendant of Assyrians from Hakkari. In the past, he has travelled on several occasions to the Hakkari region and visited dozens of villages and churches in the district.
Emin Sari is cited as saying that “there are very important historical buildings within the geography of Hakkari,” and that he therefore wanted “to investigate these structures.” As he didn’t have the financial means to conduct this investigation on the historical buildings on his own, he prepared a project proposal on the subject and submitted it to the Turkish Journalists Society, which accepted the proposal. “We have been working for about two months for this and captured about 10 churches in Hakkari and its districts. We worked with a young team and academics who are doing research on the Nestorians. Now, we are coming to an end. We will present our documentary to the public in a month,” Sari added.
Pointing to the fact that churches and other religious buildings in the Hakkari region are unattended, Sari argues that “an important part of churches and monasteries are about to be demolished. They are not preserved. I hope that through this documentary there will be interest in these structures. We want both to make the Assyrian people known and to motivate for work to be started to protect these churches. My hope is that the documentary we shot is appreciated by the public.”
Speaking about churches and other buildings in the documentary, the journalist Vasfi Ak from Hakkari said, that the Dêze area, a district including 15 villages, contains a very old monastery building belonging to the Assyrians. The “building was built on a fountain. This indicates
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1: an ancient empire of Ashur
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Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)
a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of
its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender
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1: descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur
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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
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from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly
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in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control,
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Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye,
Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. —
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