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Just read this sad news that Younan Hozaya, a former Secretary General for Zowaa, has passed away! I will try to get more details and share it as they become available.

Mr. Hozaya was one of the most prominent chaldeans in Zowaa. He was also the editor of Zowaa's 'Bahra' newspaper for years. More to come about his life and accomplishment. This is a huge loss for Assyrians in general.

Rest in Peace!




For coverage in Arabic: رحيل الاديب والشاعر يونان هوزايا (http://www.ankawa.com/forum/index.php?topic=800185.0)

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Re: Sad breaking news: former Zowaa leader has passed away
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2015, 01:15:51 AM »
He looked young, if that was his recent pic. So sad.
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Re: Sad breaking news: former Zowaa leader has passed away
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2015, 01:29:11 AM »
Did he die in Baghdad?

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Re: Sad breaking news: former Zowaa leader has passed away
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Re: Sad breaking news: former Zowaa leader has passed away
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2015, 11:12:26 AM »
How long ago was he Secretary General? 
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Re: Sad breaking news: former Zowaa leader has passed away
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2015, 11:58:49 AM »
He died in Ankawa, Iraq. He was 59 years old. He was born in Zakho, in 1956.

More than being a former Zowaa secretary, he is well-known for being a novelist, poet, and a great advocate and activist for advancing Assyrian/Syriac literature.

-He published over 14 books and novels, including an Assyrian-Arabic dictionary! I actually had his dictionary (borrowed it to someone, and they never returned it!)

-He was very active and involved in translating school materials from other languages into Syria when new Assyrian schools were being launched in the early 90s in northern Iraq.

-He was a minister of industry and energy in the Kurdish region from 2000 to 2005.

-He was a very active participant in preparing for the Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac national conference that was held in Baghdad in 2003 following the fall of Saddam. Here is one picture from that conference, which shows some legendary Assyrian activists: Younan Hozaya is in the middle, Assyriologist Donny George on the far left, and beside him is Pascal Warda, former Zowaa member.



-He joined Zowaa in 1994 and I believe was its secretary for a brief period, taking over from Ninos Pithyo, from 1999 to 2002?


-In an interview, he was asked "what is one poem you wish you wrote" and his answer was "Nishra Atouraya", the famous poem by 'Fraidon Atouraya'


His loss is a big loss for Assyrian/Syriac literature. Really, I don't remember many who have done so much for our language and literature like he has.




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May he Rest In Peace.  Not to go off topic, but since when has Pascale Warda been a FORMER member of ADM?
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RIP.

Is that Donny George?

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May he Rest In Peace.  Not to go off topic, but since when has Pascale Warda been a FORMER member of ADM?


She was for a few years, until 2012 or so.

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RIP.

Is that Donny George?

Yes that is him, sorry forgot to include his name.

And speaking of Mr. George, as important as he was to Assyrian antiquities, so was Mr. Hozaya to Assyrian literature and language development in general.

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She was for a few years, until 2012 or so.

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So she's been out of Zowaa since 2012?  Thanks Barsh...I never knew that.  Any idea why?
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So she's been out of Zowaa since 2012?  Thanks Barsh...I never knew that.  Any idea why?

Not really sure, but I know that she is now in charge of some human rights organizations, along with her husband who heads the 'Hamurabi Human Rights Organization'

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