The 53rd anniversary of 1969 Sorya Massacre remembered in Iraq

NOHADRA, Iraq — Throughout their history, the Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people were subjected in their historical land of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia) to various massacres, genocides and persecutions.

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the Sorya Massacre which was committed by the Iraqi Army against the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in the Zakho District of Nohadra (Duhok) Governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). 

The Massacre resulted in the martyrdom of most of the village’s residents, among whom were 38 Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian martyrs.  Even breast-fed babies were not spared from this Massacre.

The Massacre mass grave was opened to be put among the genocides list.

The Sorya Massacre is one of the atrocities that the Syriac people were subjected to in their homeland of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia), along with the Sayfo Genocide, Fishkhabur Massacre, Simele Massacre, Saydet al-Najat Massacre and others, which led to the martyrdom of hundreds of thousands of innocent and defenseless Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people.