A Special Tribute for an Assyrian Regent: Ninos Aho
Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 07:18 AM UT
A special tribute was organised by NSW Babylon Cultural Association in collaboration with the Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter (AUA), on Sunday 20 July 2014, after the mass at St. Malki Syrian Orthodox Church hall, 180 Novel Avenue, Greenacre, celebrating the anniversary of the late Ninos Aho, a well-known poet in the Assyrian nation, who passed away on July 15, 2013.
Representatives from many Assyrian organisations attended including the Assyrian Australian National Federation (AANF), the Assyrian Diglat School of the Assyrian Australian Association, The Assyrian Charity & Educational Community, Assyrian Sports & Cultural Club, Assyrian Alkhabour Association, the Assyrian Australian Academic Society and the Assyrian National Front.
The Mass was conducted by father Tyadros Sa’adi from the St. Malki Syrian Orthodox Church.
Mr Tammuz Tammuz, President of the NSW Babylon Cultural Association welcomed all guests and gave a lengthy speech about the late Ninos Aho, followed by another great speech by Rev. Sa’adi.
Mr Hermiz Shahen, Deputy Secretary General of the AUA, said in his address: “In the heart of every man fighting for his nation there is always hope, hope for a better future for his nation. It was that hope which was reflected in the poems of the late Ninos which touched every Assyrian nationalist, driving him to become a fighter for the freedom of his people... These are the noble and tender memories submitted by Ninos Aho during his 50-years of giving to the Assyrian people.”
“The late Ninos tried always through his poems to promote and glorify love for the Assyrian nation and the struggle for freedom in this cruel and heartless world. He had the ability to predict the future, with a message and a torch in his hand; he wiped off the dust from the brow of our youth and those who are living in the dark. With the light of his eyes he tried to revive the love for our nation in their hearts.” Mr Shahen said.
Mr David David, president of the AANF talked about the Late Ninos’ struggle for the Assyrian National cause, about his life, his fight against illness and pain, the wonderful memories he left with Assyrians of Australia during the unveiling of the Assyrian genocide monument at Bonnyrigg Park in Sydney in August 2010 and his presence in the last 28th AUA world congress in Iran. “Those moments will always remain in our thoughts.” Mr David said.
A short video was played about his life.
We pray that our Lord rest his soul in peace and reward him with eternal paradise.