Worldwide commemorative events honor Sayfo Genocide martyrs

Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people around the world organized commemorative events and celebrations to honor the martyrs of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire and allied tribes. The events served as a solemn reminder of the tragic events that unfolded during that period. Some gatherings took place at memorials dedicated to Sayfo martyrs, while others were held in churches, public squares, and sites where future memorials are planned.

The Aramaen Federation of Belgium held a memorial evening in front of the Sayfo Martyrs’ Monument in Brussels. The event emphasized the significance of remembering and honoring the martyrs of Sayfo.

In Enschede, the Netherlands, Committee 1915 of the Aramean Federation of the Netherlands held a large public gathering in Volkspark. The event aimed to also rally support for the proposed Sayfo memorial.

In attendance were a number of clergy and representatives from various political and civic institutions. Officials from Aramean (Syriac) institutions delivered speeches, drawing inspiration from the occasion.

Meanwhile, in Hamburg, Germany, a memorial ceremony was held at the Church of the Virgin Mary and Mart Shmoni which was presided over by Father Moshe Dogan. Following the ceremony, participants visited the Sayfo Martyrs’ Monument, where they respectfully placed a wreath in memory of the valiant souls who perished.

In the Swedish city of Norrköping, several Syriac priests, accompanied by a gathering of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, visited the Sayfo Martyrs’ Memorial. A prayer service was conducted to honor the souls of the martyrs and a wreath of flowers was reverently placed on the monument, serving as a lasting tribute to their cherished memory.

The European Syriac Union also organized a memorial event in Örebro, Sweden, where participants lit candles in front of the city’s Sayfo memorial located in the courtyard of the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary.

In the US, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) commemorated the Sayfo Genocide alongside Syriac Orthodox Archbishop John Kawak.

Commemorations were also held across the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) homeland of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia).