Syriac community in Lech, Belgium, remembers martyrs of Sayfo Genocide

LECH, Belgium — The Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community in Lech, Belgium, commemorated the martyrs of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide at Our Lady Church under the patronage of Father Fikri Gabriel. Parishioners held a vigil in front of the Sayfo memorial in the churchyard.

Suroyo TV interviewed Father Gabriel, who discussed the purpose of the event, which saw a large gathering of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community and youth. He emphasized the importance of continuing to remember the Sayfo martyrs.

Father Gabriel of the Mor Shamoun Church spoke about the history of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, the significance of understanding Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) identity and roots, and the necessity of remembering the 1915 Genocide.

“We must teach our youth about the importance of our homeland and lands as a Syriac people, as well as preserving our heritage, language, and Christian faith,” Father Gabriel stated. “If Syriac youth do not have information about Sayfo, it means they do not know their identity, and they will face the risk of extinction in the future.”