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Search to Reverse an Injustice and for a Higher Minded Humane Court for Attorney Robert Dekelaita a True Assyrian Hero

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By Abbey Mikha

I cannot believe the verdict that has been assigned to Assyrian American attorney Robert Dekelaita from Chicago! How can this be? How can someone who fought so hard to save so many people lives be found guilty of a crime? Is it a crime to save people in 2016 in America? Genocide is real and Islamic extremism (ISIS) against Christians and Assyrians of all denominations is a very scary reality! Do they not see what has been done to our children lying on the streets of the Nineveh plains in tattered garb with barely any food or water? Do they not comprehend what they have all conspired together and done to Assyrian families, women, girls, men, young boys, and the elderly! Go see our nation in occupied Assyria living in refugee camps and being treated on a subhuman level by the Iraqi and Kurdish governments. How evil must these people be to choose to be blind to all that is happening in Iraq and Syria to Assyrian Christians? And this is all occurring because we are a minority in the Middle East and the world and because we are helpless. Everyone knows that Obama would rather Islamic people enter the United States even though their intentions are unclear, rather than peaceful Assyrian Christians who are suffering so much at their hands and their Islamic extremism (ISIS) and Kurdish occupation.

Whenever genocide occurs continuously there are some individuals who have risked their own comfort in life to save the lives of their brethren. Robert’s courage must inspire us to defy those who want to keep Assyrians downcast, just like their fellow kinds in Iraq. Yes, Kurd, Arab, and even Turkish authorities and governments take joy and pride in the suffering of Assyrians and who have had a bloody hand in the Assyrian Genocide of yesterday and today. We must be aware. We cannot get too comfortable in the countries which we now live in. We need to speak out about injustice and not be blinded by the capitalism, materialism, greed of western countries, and the mafia against the Assyrian Christians in the homeland and in America. As was evident in Robert’s trial most American people cannot understand the Assyrian struggle. They do not sympathize with us and it is as though we are people from another planet!

Once upon a time when people helped others and saved their lives and gave them an opportunity for better lives they were called heroes even by Americans. For example we must remember that it was in Smyrna during the first Genocide of the century where a small-town minister from upstate New York became a humanitarian when he rescued and saved the lives of thousands of Christian women and children. His name was Asa Kent Jennings and he is worth remembering now at the centennial of the Armenian, Assyrian, and Pontic Greek genocide. He was a hero like Robert is a hero. His memory is also important now that the issue of Christian persecution has risen again in America, the Middle East and the world. Refugees are trying to escape into America, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Christian Assyrian persecution is not controversial. Assyrians are being killed! Assyrians are being raped! Assyrians are being intimidated! Our Assyrian homeland is being taken before our very eyes! Assyrians are being tortured and divided! If Assyrians could live as human beings in our own homeland we would. No one would ever want to leave our precious motherland to a foreign land if we weren’t being forced by evil forces!

The Assyrian people are on the verge of extinction and obviously this makes some people happy. We are being targeted in the Middle East and abroad. Robert Dekelaita was educated in the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in International Relations. He is married and he is a family man with beautiful children. How can the court accept this decision? How can they sleep at night? There are so many murderers, rapists, drug dealers, and true criminals on the loose. Why have they targeted an innocent man? Why do they not use their time to sentence true criminals?

Obama the American president who is spreading all this boloney about how innocent Muslims are and how peaceful because he wets his bed when he thinks of the billions of Muslims which may turn against him many of which are Islamic extremists (ISIS). Obama sympathises with Muslims but he never has shed a tear for Assyrian children who are being raped and killed. Obama does not even blink an eye in regards to this issue, but when Donald Trump gets elected as president of the United States of America maybe things will change for Assyrian Christians because he has shown much more compassion towards the struggle of the Christians of the Middle East. He has directly said this in his speech about his foreign policy where he said, “We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide.” Maybe Trump will awaken this sleeping country. Maybe then America will take another direction and not be so blinded by the media and the interest of the mafia.

On this kind of a week when hearing this court decision against Mr. Robert Dekelaita I am glad I do not live in America. America is not the land of the free. America has become the land where someone with a good heart who only wanted to help people of his nation is being allowed to be tormented. Everyone who was involved in Robert’s indictment should be ashamed. God be with Robert and his family in the upcoming days, months, and years. We will not be quiet! We will not let Roberts voice be diminished. God shall vindicate Robert and what he did for his people shall go down in history. He is a candle which burned itself for his nation. He definitely does not deserve what is happening to him. We need to search to reverse this injustice and for a higher minded humane court to save Robert a true Assyrian hero.

Notes:
Donald Trump Foreign Policy Speech: <https://www.donaldjtrump.com/…/donald-j.-trump-foreign-policy-speech>

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If ISIS Are Not An Islamic Group President Obama Than Who Are They?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Abbey Mikha

There is a video circulating on YouTube of president Obama’s previous speech from 2015 where he made the following comments: “Radical groups exploit grievances for their own game. One of those groups is ISIL which calls itself the Islamic State.” He continues, “Let’s make two things clear ISIL is not Islamic, no religion condones the killing of innocents and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslims.”

My question to you president Obama is if ISIS is not Islamic than who are they and why are they using Islam? Why are they aggressively fighting and dying in the name of Islam? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say that ISIS is a new small but steadily growing extremist Islamic group like Al Qaida which is exhausting Islam to gain power, land, and a new terrifying Islamic culture? If ISIS is not Islamic than all the Muslim countries in the world should unite, stand up and fight for the honour of Islam against ISIS! Saudi Arabia should fight ISIS! Qatar should fight ISIS! Turkey should fight ISIS! The billions of Muslims should make their voices heard against ISIS! The brutality of ISIS should not be condoned by anyone as they are seeking to build their state inch by inch, day by day, at the cost of blood and souls of innocent men, women, and children from all around the world. Does the Islamic world want to be responsible for allowing the creation of a terror state in the Middle East which its sole purpose for existing is to attack true Muslims, Assyrian Christians, Yezidis, other minorities in the Middle East and create terror attacks in the Middle East, Europe, and North America? What kind of quality of life will the people of this world have if the Islamic State is successful and they take away all our freedoms?

President Obama isn’t it true that in her book your previous secretary of state Hillary Clinton acknowledged that America created and funded Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization in the prime of the Soviet-Afghan war? Mrs. Clinton was fine with all of this but when the revolution came about in Egypt and the Islamic brotherhood government and president were kicked out by thirty-eight million Egyptian demonstrators it changed the American plan.

The United States with its technology can see what is going on in Mars and other planets and beyond! The secret intelligent agency of United States is so powerful that we should ask them to tell us what they know and what they see. Tell us what are the plans of Islamic countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar and the international Islamic brotherhood group in regards to ISIS?  Mr. President how is ISIS functioning? Who is buying their oil? Who is buying them thousands and thousands of trucks and weapons to use in the fight against the world? How are the millions of dollars from oil sale being transferred and through which banks?  Wondering which borders the oil barrels go through? Mainly what has been named “The moderate Islamic government of Turkey!” And also one of the big questions is what is the role of the government of Barazani in Northern Iraq in regards to ISIS? Is the dictator Barazani and his family and gang taking advantage of the fragile situation in Iraq and going ahead planning with the Turkish government lead by president Erdogan to sell the terrorist oil together and making millions of dollars? Yes that is definitely what is going on!

We want to believe you president Obama, but the American people and the world have a right to know the truth and you need to provide proof and answers in regards to ISIS truly not being Islamic! You cannot just say the majority of people they attack are Muslims because they have been annihilating Assyrian Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. They are killing our people, stealing our land, and destroying our collective dream of a future Assyrian region in Iraq. Of course Mr. President you would never mention the Assyrian martyrs which have been murdered, raped, starved, and kidnapped by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. These are Assyrians and they are Christians! Were Al Qaida not Islamic Mr. President? What is the difference between ISIS and Al Qaida? We remember your friend Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski in the time of Al Qaida fighting the Soviets praising Muslims calling them, “The Revolutionary Islamic Mojahideen.” Mr. President is this not another game like when the British sent Lawrence of Arabia to create Wahhabis for the Saudi family in World War I? Is this the extent the United States has gone to make sure its own interests are secured? Please Mr. President, the American people are searching and they will find everything they are searching for.  Mr. President the truth will set you free. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year Mr. President from the children of Assyria living in refugee camps in the North of Iraq who the world are ignoring and you consider too insignificant as a minority to even care about.

President Obama stating that ISIL is not Islamic Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91620ymBEQI&feature=player_embedded

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An Assyrian Mothers Life also Lost in San Bernardino Shootings

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By Abbey Mikha

More innocent lives lost in California. An Assyrian mother was murdered in the San Bernardino shootings a few days ago along with 13 others with also 21 injured.  It was reported in the news that the killers in San Bernardino used military-style assault weapons to kill as many people as they could.  It was also reported that the suspects Farook and Malik were killed by police in a shootout after their deadly attack.

According to Benneta Betbadal families go fund me page she was born in Iran in 1969. This means she was only 46 years old when she was murdered!

“She fled to America at the age of 18 to escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians that followed the Iranian Revolution. Benneta initially settled in New York City, eventually moving to California and marrying her husband, Arlen Verdehyou, a police officer. They moved to Rialto, California and had three children, now ages 10, 12, and 15.

Benneta graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona with a degree in Chemestry. She accepted a position as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Health Department where she has served for many years. Benneta was proud to work for the people of San Bernardino County. She loved her job, her community, and her country. Her greatest love, however, was for her husband, her children, and her large extended family.

Benneta left the house Wednesday morning, excited about a presentation she was scheduled to give to her supervisors and coworkers at their annual meeting. It is the ultimate irony that her life would be stolen from her that day by what appears to be the same type of extremism that she fled so many years ago.”

A friend of the family has set up a memorial fund for the Betbadal children.  The fund will be used solely to benefit Benneta’s children, as they and the family have been forced to live life without her. The person who set up the fund is Benneta’s husbands best friend for the past 30 years. They stood up at each other’s weddings and his wife and he are the godparents to Arlen and Benneta’s children. Like Arlen, he is also a law enforcement officer, a lieutenant with a county sheriff’s department.

It is so sad to see the picture of this Assyrian mother standing with her husband and children at Christmas time, who came to America escaping Islamic extremism from Iran, who got educated, fell in love, had children, and was living a quiet life with her family. Her life was cut short by selfish people who do not care about the significance of every soul that lives and who would have been happy to take the souls of as many more people as they could.  Each individual that was murdered meant something to their families and to the community. Each individuals journey was cut short.  Imagine how many children lost their moms and dads.  How many people lost brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and friends etc.  Most definitely what was done to these human beings was unjust but God will bring justice to all these innocent souls in the other world.  Most certainly the American people and government and everyone should also fight to bring justice to the peoples lives who were taken in this reality and this world.

I was reading about the tragedy and someone wrote that the remaining family of the killers said that the male murderer had been made fun of at work. Someone had made fun of his beard. If every time someone got made fun of in the world they went out and shot and murdered people where would the world be? This is not an excuse!

I want to give my sincere condolences to the families of all the victims of the San Bernardino shootings. May God rest each of their souls in peace and may he give all the families strength in this difficult time.  May the American people not take the lives of these individuals for granted and may they act accordingly in regards to terrorism in America and the world.

Benneta, your life was cut short along with everyone else’s who was murdered, but the Assyrian community will not forget any of the victims and their families. We stand with you all!   Benneta’s children have been so brave speaking out about the kind of mother she was in the media. I pray that God will give your children, husband, and family strength Benneta so that they may go on and live, although most assuredly they will miss you immensely every day of their lives. Rest in peace beautiful Assyrian flower who will not be forgotten.

If you would like to contribute to the Benneta Betbadal memorial fund please donate at the following page:

https://www.gofundme.com/y2d8bn7w

To donate to the other victims of the San Bernardino shooting please go to the following page:

https://www.gofundme.com/SupportSB

 

 

 

 

 

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Pray for the World and Paris 

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By Abbey Mikha

Recently there have been bombings in Beirut, Lebanon which killed forty three and injured two hundred forty persons. There have also been a lot of natural disasters in the world lately. For example an earthquake hit Japan in the past which devastated the country and the Japanese people received a lot of aid and the attention of the world media. In Mexico there has also been a earthquake and a hurricane which killed many as well.

People are dying all over the world, some from natural disasters and others from human evil, terrorism, and human foolishness. There have been continuous suicide bombings in Baghdad! When have the suicide bombings ever stopped in Iraq since 2003? Mosul has also been cleared of the Assyrian Christians. For the first time in the history of the world there are no Assyrian Christians in Nineveh. The Assyrian Christians are living in refugee camps in the North of Iraq and they are suffering to say the least with no hope for the future. There is also a continuing war in Syria where Assyrians are being terrorised by ISIS and are being forced to flee the country. There have also been recent terrorist acts against the Russian aeroplane which exploded in the Sinai Peninsula Egypt and killed everyone on board. And yesterday was a dark day when seven terrorists killed one hundred twenty one innocent people in Paris, France and injured three hundred fifty, ninety-nine of which are in critical condition.

An interesting comment that was made on social media was by humanitarian activist and actress Angelina Jolie. She said, ”Whilst everyone talks about ‪#‎Paris no one mentions the ‪#‎ISIS attack in ‪#‎Lebanon yesterday. I pray for both countries.”

It is true we should be praying for both countries and all the countries around the world who are suffering as a result of terrorism especially. We are all human beings. When an innocent person dies whether they are Lebanese, Japanese, Mexican, American, French, Canadian, African, or yes even Assyrian tears should well up in your eyes and your heart should ache. Why? Because these are innocent people whose lives were taken and are being taken!

Ashur Giwargis the chairman of the Assyrian Patriotic Movement recently responded to Angelina’s comment and said:

“270 innocent Assyrian women, men and children were abducted by ISIS and nobody cared. 200.000 Assyrians were expelled from their homes in Syria by Kurds and Turks and through ISIS and nobody cared. 1 million Assyrian out of 1.4 million have been expelled from Iraq after its American “democracy” and no one cared …. but when another Sep/11 takes place in any place in West, with the same hidden facts … all cry, while the western countries are obviously supporting terrorism in the middle east. What a shame.”

The most significant fact Ashur Giwargis gives is that these western countries are obviously supporting terrorism in the Middle East and herein lays the human foolishness. Terrorism is a monster and this monster is becoming larger and larger. Instead of slaying this monster the world seems to be feeding it. Besides this previous major point the issue is that no one nation is better than another. What happened in Paris at the hands of ISIS is heartbreaking and the acts of immoral criminals who are not in their right mind. In one day everyone has heard about what happened in Paris because the media is all over this story. CNN is featuring this story right now. They are talking of hardly anything else.

What has happened to the Assyrians in the past years and months has hardly been given any attention by the world media. Our people have been expelled from Syria from their homes! Our people have been banished from Nineveh! Our people have been abducted and even killed and nobody cares. This is unreal and so unfortunate.  Do we not exist?  Yes, we do exist but your reasons for ignoring us are not logical.

I remember the voice of a political science professor in my first year in university when he said, “People are not equal.” I always believed that God created people as equals, but when I see what is happening in the world and the way that some events are given priority above others, who deserve equal attention in the media, I say yes professor you knew what you were talking about when you said, “In politics people are not equal.”

God rest the souls of all the innocent who died in Paris yesterday and God rest the souls of all the forgotten people who were killed all over the world including Assyrians whilst being innocent yet ignored by the media.

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Winter is here! What about the Assyrians?

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By Abbey Mikha

As I am looking over pictures of refugee Assyrians and their children it truly truly breaks my heart.  Don’t be naïve, Winter is here! It is going to snow soon and it has already rained an unusual amount of cold rain and the camps are flooding in the North of Iraq!  How are the Assyrian people going to survive in these refugee camps? It is really sad to know we have roofs over our heads but hundreds of thousands of Assyrians do not have roofs over their heads in Iraq!

I have learned in the past years that life is not fair. There are innocent Assyrian children sleeping on cardboard boxes and lighting a fire outside in the cold in the North of Iraq. Where is Divinity in these situations? Where is justice? Where are the humanitarian people of the world? Where are the humanitarian organizations of the world?

I want to ask anyone and everyone who can help all the children and the Assyrian people to please do so.   Christmas is coming. Let us give hope and happiness to Assyrian people living in refugee camps in the North of Iraq. I pray that this terrible situation the Assyrians are facing in Iraq will be resolved peacefully very soon and that the Assyrians will not live in refugee camps in their own ancestral homeland anymore, rather they will go back to their villages, towns, and all places which belong to them.

Please, whoever you are and wherever you are from, support a safe haven for Assyrian Christians in the North of Iraq! Have a heart. These are innocent people! They are parents with hopes for the future of their children. They are children who just want to play and go to school and to be happy.

Please help as much as you can. If you are affluent, help with bread. If you are influential, help by spreading the message of the suffering Assyrians in the political world. At least help by making people aware. Even if you just have an internet connection help to spread the message on social media that the Assyrians are suffering in refugee camps in Iraq and that if they do not get help the situation is going to get much worse and many innocent people are going to die.

This Assyrian nation whose roots are in ancient history is becoming extinct. Honestly there is more awareness and projects about animal rights in the world compared to rights of Assyrians! The Assyrian nation which was born in the cradle of civilization thousands of years ago and took its first steps with the help of God…

Iraq is an interesting country. It is rich in resources and history.   Everyone wants a piece of Iraq! When considering this greed one could ask, “Is this the end of the world?” Surely yes because Iraq the place where humanity built its first civilizations it seems has become hated by the world and a nightmare for the Assyrians and so many other minorities. Please in the coming days and months don’t forget about the Assyrians and their children…

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Shlama?

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By Abbey Mikha

Shlama, this is how the Assyrians greet each other and the world, and this spiritual word means peace. Why though is a peaceful nation such as the Assyrians experiencing so much oppression from other nations? Where is our peace and when will it come? Why are so many watching blindly as the Assyrians get dehumanized?

It is very saddening to see what is happening all around the world and especially to the Assyrians. Yesterday, I heard about the murders of three Assyrian men by ISIS. Their names are Dr. Abd El Masih Izarya Nwiya, Bassam Isa Mishael, and Ashur Piro Rustam Abraham.   They were cold bloodedly murdered though they were innocent human beings and had done nothing wrong.

Yesterday was a very sad day for me and for the Assyrian nation! We have to remember there are still hundreds of Assyrians held captive in Syria and who knows where else. ISIS is terrorizing the Assyrians in Syria and Iraq and many nations, governments, leaders, groups, and individuals are allowing this! I just want to know why? What have the Assyrians done? Are we not all human beings of one earth? Is the world making it so blatantly obvious that they want to wipe out the Assyrians?

In 1915 the Assyrians were slaughtered by the Kurds and Turks. Once again the Assyrians are being slaughtered this time in Syria and Iraq. Wherever the Assyrians live they are not accepted.  I have to ask the question why? Do the Assyrians not have a right to live?

The Assyrians are not an “evil” war mongering nation as it describes them in the Old Testament. Those are lies written by ordinary people who have wanted to destroy the Assyrians for thousands of years. If you believe in the Old Testament do you believe in the following part?

“Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands…”

This was written in Isaiah 19:25 about the Assyrians! Do you believe this? Why is the nation which is called “the work of hands” of God being destroyed? And not just by one nation, but by many conspiring nations!   What are the reasons behind all the suffering that the Assyrians are facing today?

I pray that the souls of the three Assyrian men who were murdered will find peace in a better place, better than this earth! I’m so sorry for the families of the martyrs and their children. I’m so sorry for the Assyrian nation. These are three murders which were publicized but in this war many innocent Assyrian lives have been taken!

Assyrians we must learn from this situation. We must organize ourselves and act before it is too late again.

 

 

 

 

 

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It just hit me: Assyrians are living a terrible nightmare!

By: Ashur Sada

 

I am well aware of what has been happening to our Assyrian people in Iraq and Syria at the hands of ISIS. It is pretty horrible. But sometimes you go through life, get distracted and tend to forget some of it.

Assyrians are living a terrible nightmare in Iraq and Syria thanks to isis

Assyrians are living a terrible nightmare in Iraq and Syria, having been killed, raped and their towns completed emptied at the hands of ISIS.

And then it hit me, literally like a light bulb that pops into your head! Assyrians are going through one of the toughest stretches in their existence.  They are living a terrible nightmare and I hope everyone else comes to this sudden realization, in case you too got distracted by other things.

Just think about it: their two most popular regions in Iraq and Syria respectively have been completely and forcefully emptied of their native Assyrian inhabitants. In both cases,  at the hands of ruthless and barbaric Islamic State terrorists (ISIS)

If you can’t grasp the magnitude of this historical tragedy, let me put it in a relative and somewhat similar context: imagine an area almost the size of the cities of New York and New Jersey combined. Now imagine every single resident being forcefully evicted from their homes, if not an outright rape, murder or even both.

Hundreds of thousands of Assyrians not only lost their homes, they lost their very villages, cities and towns that they have continuously lived in for thousands of years. It is one thing to have your house or property taken away from you, and quiet another to have your city and region taken away from you. That is exactly what ISIS did to the Assyrian Christians in their historical regions in Iraq and Syria.  And I won’t even go into talking about ISIS’ destruction of priceless Assyrian archaeological sites and treasures.

That, and even worse is happening to our people since June of last year when ISIS swept through Mosul and later taking over the Nineveh plain region and in the process forcing some 100,000 Assyrians away from their home, city and historical homeland. The same with would later happen to Assyrians in the Khabour region of Syria.  And in fact, the plight of Assyrians in Syria is a bit worse. Not only did they lose their homes and the entire Khabour region, over 200 Assyrians, including women and children, remain captive to ISIS till this day.

If you thought what happened to Assyrians at the hands of ISIS is bad, you are wrong. Bad is not the right word to describe a situation in which more than a third of an entire ethnic population is forced out from their historical lands-in the 21st century- and not be able to return a year later.  It is beyond words. In fact, failure to put into words what has happened to Assyrians in the last 12 months is the only successful way to demonstrate just how horrible it has been. Because it is beyond words to describe.

Humans have this amazing and handy ability to take things for granted with the passage of time or adopt to changes. Please do me a favor and don’t get used to these changes for Assyrians. The status quo is not something we should ever get used to or accept. The Khabour region in Syria and the Nineveh Plain region in Iraq are the heart of Assyrianism in these two countries and always have been. And we hope they always will be.We remain optimistic that Assyrians will be able to go back and this nightmare will come to an end soon. This is more than just a survival of a 6,000 year old civilization. This is much more basic than that. It is about human dignity, rights and basic survival.

Please rethink just how bad it is. It is even worse than your worse nightmare. Did I say the word ‘nightmare’ enough times to drive the point home?

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Give Hope to all the Children of the World Regardless of their Identity

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By Abbey Mikha

One does not have to look up stats to know that there are millions and millions of children living in extreme poverty all over the world. Advanced nations could eradicate child poverty but they do not because perhaps it does not suit their ideals or it is not in their own interest. They do not even destroy child poverty in their own countries, let alone others. From the time we as children attend kindergarten in western countries one of the main things we are taught is to share. So, why do not people who control the cash flow of the world share with children dying from lack of food, clean water, and sufficient health care?

Most children in Africa are suffering from food deficiency. There is also a lack of clean water and medical assistance and medication for diseases and even regular illnesses. The world harvests enough food to feed the entire world including these children. The question must be asked why these children do not have access to a consistent food supply?

The main method to eliminate the hunger crisis is for people all over the world to open their minds and hearts and to realize that there are people starving in Africa and other poverty afflicted locations worldwide. However, food is not the only major problem for African children. Other issues, such as slavery and forced armed forces participation are also problematic.

In the Middle East, specifically in Syria, because of the recent ongoing war there is a dire situation of child poverty. Education has collapsed in the country. Half of children that used to attend school did not during the 2014-2015 period. There are many stories of children losing parents and having to care for their younger brothers and sisters. The situation for the children of Syria is dreadful and the world needs to lend a helping hand to these children who have suffered a great deal as a result of the wars in their country and in the region.

Assyrian Christian children in the North of Iraq and all over Iraq are also suffering today immensely. They are living in cramped refugee camps and they are allotted small rations of food each. For this reason many have become malnourished and hopeless. These children live in refugee camps in their own country with only the clothes on their back. There is an uncertain future for them in this heart-breaking country because not enough world attention is being paid to their horrible and disastrous situation. The Assyrians are the indigenous people of Iraq and very little is being done to help them by the Iraqi government and also by foreign countries. They are being ignored, intimidated, and pushed around and are suffering from ethnic and religious persecution.

Iraq and all its children have suffered for many years since the first Gulf War and the embargo which came into effect August of 1990. This embargo brought much poverty to Iraq and millions of its children died or were negatively affected.

There are children all over the world living in lack. Poverty does not always discriminate based on color or race. Many children of the entire human race live in poverty and in every country of the world.  Even in countries like Canada and the United States.

People need to care about the children of the earth and each other. People need to realize that when they lend a helping hand to those who are impoverished and suffering in their life they are doing the least that they can do. One of the main goals of every established country should be the eradication of hunger and poverty in their own countries and other underdeveloped countries and crisis areas which are facing famine, war, and disease.

We were brought into this earth to do good especially in relation to other human beings. We are all one human race. It does not matter what our identity is: the color of our skin, the texture of our hair, or which God we worship. We all have two eyes, one nose, and a heart. This heart will regret every beat it lived in the end if individuals and nations do not help others in need.

As an Assyrian I say please help all the children of the world and include the children of my Assyrian nation as part of that human race. It is time to eradicate poverty and hunger and give hope to all the children of the world so that they may live and survive unto maturity. Only then can they have the hope of dreaming and in their future becoming whatever they wish to be.

 

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Remembering Assyrian Martyrs Past and Present

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By Abbey Mikha

Every day I think about the Assyrian Martyrs who were massacred in 1915 in Hakkari, Tur Abdin, and other Assyrian areas and also in Simele in 1933. I am especially thinking about these Genocides today August 7th because today is Assyrian Martyrs day.

The Seypa Genocide is a part of my identity. I am a descendant of Assyrian human beings who escaped this Genocide from Zerineh Jilu Hakkari and Mardin Tur Abdin.   This Genocide which was perpetuated against Assyrians, Armenians, and Pontic Greeks at the hands of the Turks and their cousins the Kurds, devastated our nation perhaps forever…

I really feel that today in 2015 history is repeating itself and the Assyrians are suffering again and again as they did one hundred years ago. I ask God and the universe to protect my little nation and not let us be wiped out by cruel nations who do not have any humanity and only know the love of money, power, weaponry, and backwards religious mentality.

God be with the Assyrians who are still being held hostage in Syria today and all others who have fled and are seeking  life in other countries.  God help our people and may all individuals of other cultures sympathize with the Assyrians who are literally being silently wiped out today.

I pray for each and every Assyrian. I pray for your little children, for your girls and boys. I pray for your teenagers and those who are become young adults in this difficult time. I pray for Assyrian people of all ages and especially the courageous elderly.  I pray for this nation that the human race has forgotten and ignored.

May the Spirit of the Assyrian Nation shine brightly amongst nations in these difficult days! May the love in the hearts of Assyrian children and people surround each Assyrian individual in the homeland and protect them. May this love build bridges amongst our Assyrian people and bring us closer together as one ancient Assyrian united nation.

Lastly, may the truth become evident that the Assyrian nation was always in the heart of Jesus the Christ and any nation in the heart of Jesus deserves to survive, thrive, and bloom unto eternity.

I light this candle in the name of every Assyrian, past, present, and future.  God bless you all!

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