Younadam Yousef Kanna
Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12:32 PM CT
Younadam Yousef Kanna (fondly known as Rabi Yacoub Yousip) was born in Al-Anbar, Iraq in 1951. He is an Aramaic-speaking Christian Assyrian activist and is the Secretary General and one of the founding members of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, popularly known internationally as "Zowaa" which means movement in Aramaic.
In 1975, Younadam completed his academic studies with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sulaimaniyah in Iraq.
A linguist and expert in the various dialects of the Aramaic (Syriac) and Arabic languages, he expresses his energetic activism with the hope of gaining the attention of world leaders and local administrators to the continuing plight of the Assyrian people. He participated in many international conferences of the Iraqi Oppositions groups from 1986 to 2003.
Younadam served as the Minister of Civil Work and Housing and Minister of Energy in the Kurdish Regional Government in 1992-2001.
During the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein by the United States and Allies, the Iraqi Governing Council was created in 2003 to facilitate the formation of a democratic government. Younadam was a member of the original Iraqi Governing Council, as a Director of Urbanization and Public Services Committee in 2003-2004.
Younadam was elected to the National Assembly of Iraq as head of the Al-Rafidain slate in the January and December 2005 elections, becoming the Director of Urbanization and Public Services Committee 2005.
In 2006, be became a member of the Iraqi Parliament. In addition to his parliamentary position, he is also a member of the important Iraqi Constitutional Amendment Committee.
Younadam is currently a member of the Iraqi National Assembly, also known as the Council of Representatives of Iraq (Arabic: مجلس النواب العراقي Majlis an-Nuwwāb al-Irāqiyy) the main elected body of representatives in Iraq. It is currently composed of 325 seats and meets in Baghdad inside the International Zone (Green Zone) and is governed by the Iraqi Constitution. (باللغة العربية)
Younadam Kanna's sincere devotion, work ethics, and high energy activism have been a source of inspiration to the younger and older generations for over 25 years in Beth-Nahren, Assyria.
In March, 2010, Younadam Kanna and the Al-Rafidain slate #389 will participate again in the Iraqi Parliamentary Elections in hopes of bringing further awareness, recognition, and justice for the Assyrian people using international human rights laws.