June 26, 2022




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Q: Is the principal concern of Assyrian-People with regards to their tradition associated to how the subsequent technology might be influenced by their new residence in America?

I feel it’s the priority of all dad and mom, as to the place their kids are. There are kids that hand around in the church offered ambiance, that are the youth teams that now we have and bible examine teams. There’s a small quantity hanging out with pals at hookah bars and locations like that. Even faculties usually are not that protected these days. Many have been launched to medicine in faculties. And so dad and mom are frightened. I imply, thank god right here in our neighborhood, the affect of medication and issues and gangs is nearly very minimal. I don’t assume now we have anyone related to any gangs in our neighborhood. In all probability only a few thank God. There are some in different communities that now we have, which have value our individuals. They paid the worth. They’ve kids in gangs, jails and prisons; now we have individuals who have overdosed, in different [Assyrian] communities. So sure, we fear, we attempt to do our greatest to avoid wasting them, you recognize, to get them interested in the righteous path. We have now basketball leagues in Chicago, for instance, now we have totally different locations to get them busy and off the streets and issues like that. It really works in some ways. Generally it doesn’t. All of it will depend on the person and the household goes again to what I used to be saying. How are they raised, who’s elevating them? After which now we have damaged households too. For instance, 100 years in the past, you wouldn’t hear of a divorce in our neighborhood. There was no such factor; it wasn’t allowed by the church. So there have been no damaged properties. You had large households, you had grandfather, grandmother, aunts, and uncles and fogeys, all wanting up, you recognize, taking care of the youngsters. And that was the neighborhood; the security internet doesn’t exist right here. We have now now divorced {couples}, not as many as with the chances of this nation, however we all know we’re beginning to have it and we’re heading that method. And these are the issues that destroy communities and societies.


Q: The Assyrian neighborhood that’s nonetheless in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere within the Center East continues to face persecution, and continues to face threats to its personal survival. How did your neighborhood react earlier within the 2010s, with the rise of ISIS and the pillaging of monuments and statues and cities and persecuting your individuals?

Let me offer you an image of how we reacted. For instance, in the midst of evening, a home catches on hearth, a few of these persons are afraid, some are screaming, some are terrified, some freeze, some seize a bucket and throw water. That’s precisely how we reacted, you recognize, as a result of we don’t have earthly powers, you recognize, armies, to avoid wasting ourselves. So what are communities that all through the Diaspora is, acquire cash, attempt to home those that fled their properties, attempt to construct shelters, attempt to present meals, attempt to present medical care as a lot as we are able to from a distance. And there was nothing else we may do. A small militia was shaped. We didn’t see anybody on the market. You understand, a few of our individuals have been in search of methods to assist these militias there to guard the villages within the communities and it was actually unhappy. As a result of typically, all you are able to do is acquire some cash and ship it and also you’re sitting right here and watching individuals dwelling in tents, you recognize whereas it rains or it’s chilly or within the warmth. However there’s actually not a lot that you are able to do however get monetary savings. A really, very, unhappy scenario. What our individuals went via. In a few of our villages in Syria, there’s this one incident the place 250 of our individuals have been kidnapped by ISIS, and held at ransom. And to start with, three, I imagine three of them have been beheaded. So what these individuals noticed and confronted, what’s unhappy is it’s not the primary time. These items have been repeating themselves each 50 years, each 100 years, each seven years, we’re seeing the identical factor. Virtually each different technology sees some type of a persecution, some type of genocide on this planet. I don’t perceive how the powers of the world permit such issues to happen. And plenty of instances by the point they get there and switch off the fireplace. You’ve gotten already so many individuals, you recognize, suffered and burned from it. So why permit the fireplace to start out within the first place? That’s what I don’t perceive? There must be sufficient good individuals on this planet to not permit such issues to start out, not to mention to flourish. However I assume many instances the powers are targeted on the supplies of this world. “What’s good for me? How do I acquire from this? How do I develop into richer from this?” That’s the unhappy half. I imagine that after these powers take accountability, in sustaining the peace of the world, we wouldn’t have such issues began. However till then, that’s what we’re gonna see. So, as a neighborhood, we have been harm, we’re nonetheless hurting. And bear in mind, generations have suffered in Iraq, for instance. At one level, we have been over 1,000,000 in quantity there. And now it’s not even 200,000. So we’re dropping floor. As a result of individuals have left their grounds. And these individuals have been there for hundreds of years. In order that by itself is devastating.

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