Beth Nahrin Patriotic Union commemorates 109th anniversary of 1915 Sayfo Genocide in Baghdede, Iraq, with candlelight vigil

BAGHDEDE, Iraq — In commemoration of the 109th anniversary of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide, which left nearly 2 million Christian inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire — Armenians, Greeks, and Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) — dead, the Baghdede Local Committee of the Beth Nahrin Patriotic Union (Huyodo d-Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA) held a candlelight vigil in Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniyah), Iraq.

The vigil was attended by officials and representatives of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) and members of the local Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community. Prayers were held for the souls of the Sayfo martyrs.

During the vigil, an HBA statement was read, which included messages to the UN and international organizations urging them to recognize the Sayfo Genocide and restore the rights of the victims and their families.

A letter of appreciation was also sent to countries that have recognized the Sayfo, including France.

The final message emphasized the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people’s continued struggle to obtain their full rights, particularly the UN’s full recognition of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide.