EROUPE/ Turkey/ Iraq/ Syria — The European Syriac Union (ESU) implemented its activities program to commemorate martyrs of the Sayfo Genocide in Brussels, Belgium. The martyrs were also commemorated in Turkey, Iraq, Syria and other countries.
The ESU launched its program on Wednesday midnight, with a speech delivered by the ESU Co-Chair Fehmi Vergili, in front of the Sayfo Genocide Memorial in Brussels.
The event was attended by a crowd of Syriac people carrying candles that symbolize the light that the martyrs lit in paths of darkness.
In response to the ESU activities program, candles were lit from the Church of Mor Had b-Shabo in the Iwardo village in Turkey. During the Sayfo Genocide, the Iwardo village was a fortress of steadfastness and resistance in contemporary history of Syriac people.
In the Syriac city of Baghdede in the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, youth of struggle of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people lit candles to mark the anniversary of the Sayfo Genocide.
In the Gozarto (Jazira) Region in Syria, representatives of political parties and institutions of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) held a candles march in Zalin (Qamishli) to the Sayfo Martyrs Monument. Members of the Syriac Security Forces (Sutoro), Sutoro Women and fighters of the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo, MFS) also participated in the march.
In Hamburg, Germany, a special prayer was held and candles were lit in the Church of Mor Dimit, in remembrance of the Sayfo martyrs.
A crowd of Syriac people also gathered in yard of Mor Yohannin Dakfoneh church in Delmenhorst, reminding the world that they will not forget the blood of the Sayfo martyrs.
Candles were also lit in Gütersloh, Germany by the MUB supporters. A crowd of Syriac people gathered in front of Sayfo Martyrs Monument in Giessen, and lit candles there in response to the ESU program.
A crowd of Syriac people also gathered in Gensdorf, Switzerland, holding candles that symbolize the light which the Sayfo martyrs lit in paths of darkness. The Syriac people in Locarno also lit candles in front of the Sayfo Monument, and speeches were delivered on this occasion.