08/10/2020

ARMENIA-NAGORNO KARABAKH: First Syriac-Assyrian Martyr in battle against Azerbaijani forces

ARMENIA-NAGORNO KARABAKH – A Syriac-Assyrian Armenian resident was martyred in the battle taking place between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Syriac-Assyrian Narek David Davidian signed up for military service nine months ago and fulfilled his duty to defend Armenian land since the outbreak of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijan. Martyr Narek David Davidian had been fighting on the military front lines since 27 September.

Narek David Davidian (born in 2001) is one of the estimated 200 Syriac-Assyrians fulfilling military service in the Armenian army. Around sixty Syriac-Assyrians are involved in the fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and Narek David Davidian is the first Syriac-Assyrian soldier to rise to the rank of martyr.

Martyr Narek David Davidian was a native of the village of Nur Artakis (formerly Shahrya village). There are 4 or 6 Syriac-Assyrian villages in Armenia and the country is home to tens of thousands of Syriac-Assyrians, most of them fled current-day Iran and Turkey in the aftermath of the Sayfo Genocide of 1915 in World War I. Narek Davidian’s family fled Iran.

In related news, the Yezidi Garen Hammo, first lieutenant in the Armenian army, was martyred on 8 October in Nagorno-Karabakh.