Residents of Tel Tamr find joy in Easter despite hardships

TEL TAMR, Syria — Despite the ongoing hardships caused by the Turkish invasion of North and East Syria, the economic crisis, and the coronavirus pandemic, the Christian Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in the Khabur River Valley Town of Tel Tamr celebrated the coming of Easter in an atmosphere of joy.

The non-Christian people likewise greeted Easter with happiness, wishing the Christian people a peaceful holiday.

Hayat Hassoun, a Kurdish Muslim from Tel Tamr told SuroyoTV that she extends her blessing to the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. “We bless this glorious day for the whole of the Syriac people, and we hope that the upcoming holidays will be more stable.”

Younan, an Assyrian man in Khabur wished the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) a, “Blessed Easter to all our people who celebrate by the eastern calendar, and I ask God for security and peace for our blessed homeland Syria.”

“With this day, as an Assyrian, I ask all the parties and institutions of our people to unite and all the media and slogans to become one so that we all become one hand and one thought and unite with love and peace,” said Younan.

One Tel Tamr resident told SuroyoTV that, “Our country is occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries and have destabilized the region, which has affected all components, including the Syriac–Assyrian component here.”

“Finally, I extend my warmest congratulations to the Syriac–Assyrian people by on blessed feast, the feast of the resurrection of Christ,” the man concluded.