28/03/2023

Syriac officials in Iraq and Syria extend Akitu greetings, call for unity and justice

BETH NAHRIN — Syriac officials in Iraq and Syria have extended their greetings to the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people on the occasion of Akitu, the Babylonian-Syriac-Assyrian New Year.

Matay Hanna, the spokesperson for the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo, MFS), wished for a year of peace and stability where the rights of all ethnic and religious groups are respected.

Joseph Sliwa, former Syriac member of the Iraqi Parliament and current deputy head of the Bethnahrin Patriotic Union in Iraq (Huyodo Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA), called for unity among political parties and the defense of the just issues of the Christian peoples of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia).

As the two officials noted, while the opinions of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people may differ, their common issues and challenges remain the same. In the spirit of Akitu, they called on all Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) political parties in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey to unite for the good of their people. They also urged the heads of all Churches to contribute to the defense of their just issues.

With these greetings and calls to action, the officials hope to inspire the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people to work together and achieve a brighter future for themselves and their communities.