TURKEY: Last Syriac resident in village of Saleh in Tur Abdin passes away at 90

SALEH, Turkey — At the age of 90, Atiya Duran, the last Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) resident in the village of Saleh in Tur Abdin, southeast Turkey, passed away. Duran was born in 1931 in the village of Sha’ban, adjacent to the city of Nsibin (Nusaybin).

Atiya was born to Elias and Hana Duran in the village of Saleh, where she grew up with her three sisters — Jamila, Manjo, and Biro — and her brother, Aziz.

Duran stayed with her sister Manjo in Saleh, refusing the idea of emigrating despite the difficult situation in the region throughout the years.

She passed away on Monday. Prayers were held for her soul in the nearby Monastery of Saint Jacob by the monk Daniel and Priest Isaac Ergun from the city of Midyat. She was buried in the village cemetery.