After the advancement of ISIS in 2014, most of Nineveh was emptied of the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people for the first time in thousands of years. 12,970 homes, 363 churches and 140 public properties were destroyed. Today, most families who remained in the country have moved back to their villages. We are fully committed to supporting these families in rebuilding their lives.
Saving an Endangered Culture
ISIS made every effort to destroy one of the oldest and most influential cultures in world history, bulldozing cemeteries, desecrating ancient churches and burning irreplaceable books. Without a country, the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people are bombarded from every angle with Arab, Kurdish, Iranian, Syrian and western influences. Cultural preservation is important in their homeland, and Shlama commits to that effort.
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