HENGELO, The Netherlands — The institutions of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo d’Bethnahrin, MUB) held a memorial evening in the Netherlands to commemorate the MUB’s martyrs. The event featured speeches reflecting on the solemn occasion, including discussions about the tragic wedding hall fire in the Nineveh Plains town of Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniya), Iraq. A film presentation showcased the remarkable lives and sacrifices of the MUB’s martyrs.
Commencing with a moment of silence honoring the souls of the martyrs, Sabri Sado recited a moving poem paying tribute to their memory.
During the ceremony, Abdo Abroham read a statement on behalf of the MUB, issued for the occasion.
Co-Chair of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) and distinguished member of the MUB Presidential Body Nazira Goreya delivered a speech emphasizing the significance of martyrdom in the struggle for rights and freedom. She provided insights into current political developments, highlighting the martyrs’ contributions to incorporating the concerns of their people into the broader negotiations for a political solution in Syria.
Member of the MUB Administrative Board Charbel Hanna addressed the Baghdede wedding hall fire that unfolded on 26 September. The incident resulted in the martyrdom of 127 members of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community. Hanna stressed the imperative of honoring and remembering the martyrs of Baghdede and all those who laid down their lives for the freedom of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. He expressed optimism that the collective efforts and unity of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people will bolster and fortify the ongoing struggle.
The evening concluded with the screening of a film presentation detailing the biographies of the martyrs from the MUB and commemorating their heroic sacrifices. Representatives from the Assyrian Democratic Organization — Europe Branch, and the Dayrik Club actively participated in this poignant event.