Chaldean delegation from Michigan, USA, visits Syriac Heritage Museum in Ankawa, Iraq

ANKAWA, Iraq — A delegation from the American-Chaldean Chamber of Commerce of the US State of Michigan headed by Martin Manna and accompanied by Minister of Transport and Communications Anu Joher and District Commissioner of Ankawa District Rami Nuri visited the Syriac Heritage Museum in Ankawa, Iraq.

The delegation was received by the General Director of Syriac Culture and Arts, Kaldo Ramzi, and the Director of the Syriac Heritage and Museum, Bernard Youssef, and as well as a number of the museum’s employees. Ramzi spoke about the importance of the Directorate, its history, its activities, and its pioneering role in preserving the culture and history of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people. He explained that the museum is inclusive of all Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people given their shared heritage and language.

Director of the Syriac Heritage and Museum Youssef briefed the delegation on the contents of the museum and provided them with an explanation of the civilization and history of Ankawa. He then showed them the historical mural, the appendix of popular costumes, agricultural and industrial tools and machines, in addition to the appendix of the pioneers of Syriac people and the most important writers, poets, and intellectuals of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

The delegation concluded its tour with a visit to the Dishna (Gift Shop) which was recently opened to support Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian women who work in traditional handicrafts.

At the end of the visit, the delegation expressed the full readiness of the Chaldean community to assist the institutions of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people in the homeland of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia), no matter what the name they go by. The delegation expressed their happiness and amazement at the museum and its unique collections and artifacts.