Beth Nahrin Patriotic Union hosts Sayfo Genocide dialogue in Nineveh Plains

NINEVEH PLAINS, Iraq — As part of its annual program, the Education Committee of the Beth Nahrin Patriotic Union (Huyodo d-Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA) held a dialogue session at the Christian Cultural Center of the Syriac Catholic Church of Mor Gorgis in the Nineveh Plains town of Bartella, Iraq.

The session began with a historical summary of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide by Ablahad Hanna Saka, followed by a minute of silence for the souls of martyrs, accompanied by the playing of national and Syriac anthems.

A documentary about the Sayfo Genocide was then shown, after which journalist Shamoun Matti al-Bartelli moderated the dialogue session.

The event featured several distinguished speakers, including Archbishop Dr. Behnam Binuka, pastor of Syriac Catholic Mar Gorgis Church, who spoke on the role of spirituality and faith as it relates to the Sayfo.

HBA Co-Chair Yousef Yacoub Matti discussed the political implications and Dr. Yacoub Yousef Mamo, who holds a PhD in Law, addressed the legal dimensions.

The session was well-attended by members of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community, including members of the HBA Local Committees in Bartella and Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniyah), and staff from the Suroyo TV office in Iraq.