WORMS, Germany / ÖREBRO, Sweden — The institutions of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) in Sweden and Germany held commemorations for the organization’s martyrs.
A commemoration in Worms, Germany, was held on Monday, in the hall of Mor Pilixinos d‘Mabug Church.
At the beginning of the event, a minute of silence was observed and a prayer held for the souls of the martyrs. The priest of Mor Pilixinos Church, Father Simon Kurt, delivered a sermon in which he spoke about the values of martyrdom.
An official from the ESU Foreign Relations Office then read aloud the MUB statement.
A movie was then screened about the martyrs, which visibly touched the hearts of those in attendance.
Priest of St. Ephrem Church in Giessen, Father Lahdo Aydin, also spoke about the path of martyrs, who have become a beacon for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. Father Iskandar Koçuk Kabalan sent a letter which was read at the commemoration. He stressed the need to preserve the gains and status of the martyrs.
During the remembrance, poet Sarkis Bar Tidoros recited several poems about the meanings of martyrdom and martyrs. Artist Augin Tadaros then performed several songs about the Khabur martyrs.
The commemoration closed with the reading of a letter about martyrdom by the Bethnahrin Women’s Union (Huyodo d’Neshe d’Bethnahrin, HNB).
In Örebro, Sweden, the event started with a minute of silence for the souls of the martyrs. A prayer led by Father Malke Esho and monk George Kharzani was then held for their souls. Member of the MUB Executive Committee Subhi Aksoy then delivered a speech on the meanings of martyrdom and martyrs.
Aksoy touched on the history of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, their sacrifices, and martyrs throughout history, as well as the MUB struggle.
Representative of the Assyrian Democratic Movement Emmanuel Khoshaba delivered a speech in which he spoke about the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) martyrs and considered that the martyrs in any movement or organization are martyrs for all Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.
Syriac poet George Shamoun then presented a group of poems about the martyrs and the MUB sacrifices for the sake of the freedom of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.
In addition to representatives of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, representatives of the Beth Nahrin Democratic Party and Local Council of St. Jacob Church in Södertälje attended the event.
In related news, the MUB Officials in Örebro also held a memorial for the MUB martyrs by praying for their souls in the Church of Mor Aho in Örebro, Sweden.