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Assyrian Family in Turmoil in Turkey
by Atour, January 2, 1998.
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 06:36 pm CST


ISTANBUL, Turkey (ATOUR) -- An Assyrian family tragedy occured during the Christmas holiday in Istanbul, Turkey. On December 23, 1998, Alina Odisho Isshak (12 years old) was hit by a car and then was taken to a hospital. After two days she was sent home when doctors confirmed that she was stable and nothing was wrong with her. The young girl died at home after five days. At the time her mother, Bernadette Youkhana Gorial (born 1960), who is a widow since 1991 after the murder of her husband, Odisho Isshak AL-Bebadi in Baghdad, was taken to the Yabangi Shuabaa Prison (Tel: 216-532-1407) in Istanbul, because her immigration visa had expired. She was permitted to attend her daughter's funeral ceremony for only a few hours with the help of a Catholic bishop, Martran Paul Kartash (Tel: 216-244-0351).

Currently, she is still in prison and her other two daughters, Rita and Anita Odisho Isshak (born in 1983 and 1985) are temporarily living with an Assyrian family (The Odisho's, Tel: 212-297-2378) while waiting to be deported to Iraq. We call upon humanitarian aids to assist this family in their struggle for survival.

Latest update as reported by Nineveh Online ( Posted: January 7, 1998 9:26 PM

The Isshak family have been deported from Turkey and were returned to Iraq. We are unaware of their fate.

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