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Join ACSSU, Assyria Foundation& Zinda Magazine in Supporting Mezaltaa
By: Alda Benjamen. May. 20, 2007

The Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union

In Iraq today, our people are faced with a daily struggle for survival in view of the hardships that challenge our very existence. At the very center of this crisis, however, are organizations that continue to offer hope; one such group is the ChaldoAssyrian Student and Youth Union of Iraq (referred to as “Khoyada” or Unity).

As one of the most prominent student groups in Iraq, Khoyada has defined itself as an organization that has proven its ability to unify our people at all levels. Khoyada’s membership includes students from all denominations across every major Iraqi region where our people reside, such as Baghdad, Mosul, Basra, Kirkuk, Arbil, Ainkawa, Shaqlawa, Dohuk, Sarsank, and all cities and villages in the Nineveh Plains. Khoyada has accomplished projects well beyond their economic means, and has rallied our youth to participate in many nationalistic events. Further, Khoyada is focused on helping our youth develop the appropriate character and leadership qualities needed to succeed in the new Iraq. For more on Khoyada please visit their website at

Over a year ago members of the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union of Canada, “ACSSU” ( came across publications of Khoyada, and more specifically, its official newspaper Mezaltaa. Mezaltaa is published monthly in our native Syriac and Arabic, and made available both on-line and in-print (click here). In addition to reporting prominent issues that affect our students and youth in Iraq, Mezaltaa is a forum that encourages and promotes growth in free thought and opinion. However, due to a lack of funding, Mezaltaa struggles to grow.

As one of its projects, ACSSU of Canada is attempting to expand Mezaltaa and its publication capacity. In order to do so, the staff of Mezaltaa needs additional equipment, such as computers and memory devices, basic office furniture, and other necessary journalism tools that include digital cameras, voice-recorders, scanners, and office stationary. We believe this project deserves critical attention, and will help empower our youth to more closely share with each other ideas and thoughts that will promote our language, culture, and identity.

We urgently need your support. Our project goal is $6,000, and helping to sponsoring ACSSU in this project are Zinda Magazine and The Assyria Foundation. All contributions are tax-deductible, and can be made directly at The Assyria Foundation’s website (

With your help, collectively, we all can make a difference.

Alda Benjamen
ACSSU of Canada, President




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