Dear friends!

TIGRANAKERT – Here is some news from the celebration of Christmas 2021 in the Assyrian Orthodox Church in Tigranakert-Diyarbakir.

Despite two years of restrictions due to Covid, like last year, this year the Center for Social Assistance, Rehabilitation and Adaptation (SOHRAM) celebrated Christmas with the Assyrian, Chaldean and Armenian Christian communities. This holiday shows once again that the seeds sown by SOHRAM have strengthened their roots, blossomed and bore fruit.

Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Sunni Muslims, Assyrians, Armenians, Kurds and Arabs gathered in the light of the holiday. Thanks to the ties that the center seeks to maintain between various “ethnic groups” of different religions, the joint celebration of this holiday has become a permanent tradition. From pre-Christian times to the beginning of the 20th century, Assyrians and Armenians formed the majority in Tigranakert and in various regions of Western Armenia.

Unfortunately, during the genocide of 1915, they were killed or forced to leave the area. We do not forget these victims, we know that we must take into account historical facts. After the liturgy, we prayed together for the victims of the war, for peace in Syria, Iraq, our region and around the world. At the end of the liturgy, as last year, we were able to experience moments of brotherhood with our Syrian and Armenian brothers and sisters.

On behalf of the converted Armenians and Syrians, they thanked SOHRAM for the interfaith dialogue program. “Thanks to this program, we were able to find our brothers and sisters. We sincerely thank you for your role in this.” I was deeply touched by this testimony, which made me realize once again the value of our interfaith dialogue program. We sincerely thank you for giving us the opportunity to do this thanks to your dedicated support. 

Remember, we need you to ensure the continuity of our activities.

With best wishes

Yavuz Binbai

President of SEOHRAM-CASTA