Who and what is Behind the Settling of Kurdish Families in Assyrian Villages of Khabur area?

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Apr 5, 2018 No Comments ›› admin@americanmesopotamian.org
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A few days ago, approximately 150 refugees from ‘Afrin were settled in the Khabur area (northeast Syria), specifically the village of Tel Nasri, without the permission of its families but through communications with the church and some institutions, knowing that the homes of the village are registered in the names of their owners who were forcibly displaced and did not authorize anyone to act on their behalf.

A contract was agreed upon to house them for a period of three months; however, the contract has not been signed to this day. This reminds us of the fate of hundreds of our villages in occupied Assyria in the north of Today’s Iraq; Sarsing village as the easiest example, where the Kurds were settled as “temporary guests” beginning in the middle of the 70’s of the last century. Other “guests” were added to them in 1993 and they are all still in those villages. Not only that, but they have also seized two-thirds of Assyrian lands, knowing that their original villages still exist and are populated.

We, as institutions active in the Assyrian diaspora, consider any agreement with any Assyrian party under the duress of occupation of its areas to be an illogical and illegal agreement, and we denounce this action, expressing our concern for the fate of our villages in Al Khabur, particularly being that there are hundreds of abandoned Kurdish villages in which not even one Kurdish refugee has been settled.

5 April 2018
Assyria Patriotic Movement
American Mesopotamian Organization

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