BETH NAHRIN — The Beth Nahrin Patriotic Union (Huyodo Bethnahrin Athroyom, HBA) in Iraq issued a statement on the occasion of 12th anniversary of the massacre of Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad in which hundreds of Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians were killed and wounded in a suicide attack during Mass.
It was not the first, nor the last, violent attack targeting Christians in the Middle East, said the statement, but rather only one of the many attempts to force ethnic and religious minorities from the land of their ancestors.
The statement continued:
“We celebrate the 12th anniversary of the massacre of Our Lady of Deliverance, which was perpetrated by extremists who blew themselves up among innocent worshipers — men, women, children, and the elderly — killing and wounding hundreds. Today in front of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people, and since 2003, the Iraqi people have been unable to produce an intellectually, politically, and secure state.”
The statement called on the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people to persevere and adhere to their historic lands of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia), the land of their ancestors, and to do as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, indifferent to the stations of ethnic cleansing.
The statement concluded with the HBA remembering the martyrs of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people who fell inside the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance, and others who fell in all the cities of Iraq and the Nineveh Plains, whose number reached more than 1,400 martyrs since 2003.