08/08/2022

Remembering the Simele massacre and other massacres against Suryoye in the Netherlands and Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq — On the 89th anniversary of the Simele massacre committed by the Iraqi Army that left thousands of Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians dead and hundreds of villages destroyed, the Governor of Nohadra (Duhok) Ali Tatar announced, under the auspices of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the building of a memorial for the martyrs of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people who were the victims of mass extermination in Simele and separate memorial for the Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians in other atrocities..

Tatar indicated that two monuments would be constructed in Nohadra and the voices of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community would be heard on how the two monuments would be constructed.

In his statement, he recalled that on 7 August 1933, under the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, the Iraqi Army launched a brutal attack on the people of Simele in an attempt to uproot them from their historical lands.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo d’Bethnahrin, MUB) and the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO) held a joint remembrance day at the MUB headquarters in the Dutch city of Enschede.