Swedish Syriac–Assyrian community commemorates Sayfo Genocide through film screening

SÖDERTÄLJE, Sweden — In Södertälje, Sweden, the Mor Jacob al-Nusaibi Hall was the setting for a significant event, where a compelling film titled Altan Sinjar was screened. This film vividly recounts the tragic events of the Sayfo Genocide that occurred in 1915.

The event, which was jointly organized by the European Syriac Union (ESU) and the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO), drew a substantial gathering of the local Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community. Representatives from various Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community institutions were present, along with members of the Swedish media and Suroyo TV.

Speaking to our news desk, Metin Rhawi, the official responsible for Foreign Relations at the ESU, emphasized the film’s critical importance. He underlined that the purpose of showcasing Altan Sinjar at this event is to commemorate the Sayfo Genocide and, more importantly, to shed light on historical truths that can pave the way for justice for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) victims.

Rhawi further explained that it is essential for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community to acknowledge and remember the genocides and massacres they have endured. Such films serve as a necessary reminder, ensuring that the memory of these atrocities remains alive in the collective consciousness of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.