Updates

  • January 4 — ADFA Founder Nuri Kino's testimony to the Dutch parliament in the Washington Examiner: "Will you help us or will history only record your silence." In an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner, filmmaker Jordan Allott discusses the need to turn words into action and support Christians in the Middle East, such as Assyrians/Chaldeans//Syriacs, in tangible ways. He writes about the inaction which has followed strong statements of support from global governments, including Genocide recognition from the US Congress and EU parliament. In response, he lays out specific policies western governments can enact, including increasing refugee assistance and visas to Christians targeted by ISIS. Link
  • January 2 — Swedish daily newspaper Expressen about ADFA's recent charity work in Lebanon. Rewrite by Daniela Babylonia Barhanna. A father who is missing, and a traumatized mother left alone with her three young children in an unbelievable wreck of an apartment, is what met Christofer Axelsson when he arrived in Lebanon. “The mother has been a victim of so much evil that she is practically unreachable,” he said. Axelsson is part of A Demand for Action (ADFA), an organization founded by the award winning journalist, author and Middle East expert Nuri Kino, which aims to continuously help refugees on location in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. In the video attached you can see Christofer Axelsson’s own documentation of the visit. Link
  • December 24 — Nuri Kino writes in well-known Merit Wagners blog about the power giving. Link
  • December 15 — The Swedish newspaper SvD Ledare - Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish daily news) wrote about the work of A Demand For Action (ADFA) in their editorial this morning. “We are playing chess against death” is the title of political editor-in-chief Tove Lifvendahl's piece. She writes about how brutality is becoming normalized and that the phrase "The first casualty of War is Truth" has never been more accurate. She quotes ADFA’s Nuri Kino, who two days ago asked all global editions to exercise caution when publishing information about Aleppo: “You cannot trust any larger organization, regime, or even the United Nations. Especially now when so few independent people, reporters, and NGOs are in place who can send out factual material”. Link
  • December 13 — ADFA's Nuri Kino speaks to Magda Gad, Swedish journalist that reports from inside Mosul, Iraq in his latest piece in Huffington Post. Link
  • December 11 — A Demand For Action receives religious freedom award: The Hellenic American Leadership Council is honoring A Demand For Action (ADFA) with their annual First Freedom Award. The award is bestowed on individuals and organizations which have worked to preserve and protect religious freedom around the world. ADFA is proud of our volunteers around the world for their dedication, and especially of our Executive Director Steve Oshana for his work to the cause of defending the rights and dignity of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people, which led the Hellenic American Leadership Council to grant ADFA this honor. Link
  • December 8 — BBC World Service interviews renowned filmmaker Sargon Saadi about the ransom that was paid for the release of the Assyrian hostages in northeast Syria. In his documentary Silence After The Storm, which is cosponsored by ADFA, Saadi covers the kidnapping of more than 200 people from the Khabour region in northeast Syria. Link
  • December 7 — "There is no defense against the violation of children - it goes right into your soul." ADFA's Nuri Kino portrayed by the Swedish magazine Budbäraren (The messenger) As an investigative journalist you are an activist. Link
  • November 30 — Unique documentary gives voice to suffering Christians The Swedish newspaper Världen idag about the screening of Our Last Stand in the Swedish Parliament, the piece has been translated by ADFA's Daniela Babylonia Barhanna. Link
  • November 28 — ADFA’s Nuri Kino speaks at a seminar for The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought* in the European Union: Yazidi survivors and advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar are this year's joint laureates of the Prize, following a decision by Parliament President Martin Schulz and political leaders on October 27, 2016. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg, Germany on December 13th. Article in Swedish. Link
  • November 21 — The Liberal party and A Demand For Action are hosting a screening in the Swedish Parliament on Tuesday, November 22 at 6 PM. The display is open to the public, but advance registration is required and is done via the following link: http://bit.ly/2g04p65. In conjunction with the film screening a seminar has been organized with the Liberals' foreign policy spokesperson Birgitta Ohlsson, ADFA founder Nuri Kino, filmmaker Jordan Allott, and producer Helma Adde. Article in Swedish. Link
  • November 21 — Award winning documentary on tour in Sweden to convince the Swedish parliament to recognize the ongoing genocide, the first interview was made by Lanstidning, a daily newspaper American Filmmakers Depicted the Disaster in Syria and Iraq: Now They Are in Sodertalje, Sweden. Two of the people behind the movie Our Last Stand Jordan Allott and Helma Adde, are in Sodertalje to visit A Demand for Action and its founder, journalist Nuri Kino. Article in Swedish. Link
  • November 15 — Christian Today reports on the heartbreaking destruction of one of the ancient wonders of Iraq, the ziggurat pyramid in Nimrud, once the capital of the Assyrian empire. The act has been labelled a war-crime by UNESCO. "Nuri Kino, founder and president of campaign group A Demand For Action, told Christian Today that he had spoken this morning to an Assyrian man who fled Mosul in 2014. Link
  • November 10 — An extract from ADFA's Nuri Kino's piece: On October 25, two days after the priest had gone back to his village, three European politicians wrote to the International Criminal Court, ICC: MEP Lars Adaktusson, Christian Democrats, British MP Lord Alton of Liverpool, and a Dutch MP, Pieter Omtzigt. They have requested Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the ICC, to start investigating terrorist war crimes and crimes against humanity. The letter was also signed by Ewelina Ochab, legal expert of the NGO ADF International and author of the book “Never Again”. The book describes what steps are required in order to bring the terrorists to justice. Link
  • November 3 — ADFA's Nuri Kino's latest piece in The Huffington Post: "Ever since the latest harbingers of horror- ISIS- arrived with a mission to completely erase Christians from their ancient and ancestral homelands, my organization “A Demand for Action” has been shining a spotlight on what most media outlets reporting on Iraq and Syria have largely ignored." Link
  • October 31 — WASHINGTON, DC – ADFA and ANCA (The Armenian National Committee of America) in a White House briefing meeting between senior Obama Administration officials and leaders of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac, Armenian and Antiochian communities, to discuss the security of Christians in the Middle East. Link
  • October 26 — INBLICK (INSIGHT), a Swedish magazine interviewed ADFA's Nuri Kino, the piece was translated and edited by ADFA's Ninos Özmen Patto and Tabeetha Adde. Article in Swedish. Link
  • October 25 — Minority Rights Group International has published ADFA's recently written report The Forgotten Genocide. This is essential reading for everyone interested in current affairs. The report is built on testimonies from victims of extremist Islamists in Syria and Iraq. Link
  • October 25 — Christian Today reports on the liberation of the historic Christian town of Bartella and speaks to ADFA about what this means for the original residents who were forced to flee: "This marks a very important step towards Assyrian Christians returning to their homes and no longer living as IDPS in camps. Bartella is returned to its owners once again." Link
  • October 24 — On Saturday 21st October ADFA's Nuri Kino was interviewed by Filipe d'Avillez, a renowned Portuguese radio reporter. From the interview: How does that make you and other Christians feel? Qaraqosh is about 70% Syriac Catholic and 30% Syriac Orthodox and I am Syriac Orthodox. For us there is no difference whether it is in southeast Turkey, where I was born, or in Syria or Iraq, or in Iran or in Lebanon. We are all the same nation, the same ethnicity, the same people with different names: Assyrian, Syriac, Chaldean.. Link
  • October 13 — In his latest The Huffington Post piece ADFA's Nuri Kino speaks to Dr Penelope Miniati, Director of the Forensic Science Division of the Hellenic Police, about a DNA register of migrants in Athens. It's important that people who suspekt that their relatives might have drowned to send DNA-samples. Link
  • October 12 — The Swedish Daily News (Svenska Dagbladet - SvD) has published a long report written by ADFA’s Nuri Kino. It was in mid-September that ADFA was in Lebanon and Syria together with European Parliamentarian, Lars Adaktusson, and his staff members, Charlie Weimers and Martin Källstrand. Article in Swedish Link
  • October 1 — Our Last Stand, the documentary film that was produced by filmmaker Jordan Allott and ADFA's Helma Adde has gained attention and good reviews from several media outlets. Yesterday Allott and Adde were interviewed by PBS's The Mimi Geerges Show. Link
  • September 18 — Swedish EU Parliamentarian Lars Adaktusson was recently in Syria and was nearly caught in an attack in the city of Damascus. The following interview with him has been published in several Swedish outlets, including this from Swedish Public Radio. An English translation on link. Link
  • September 3 — Read this wonderful review of the film Our Last Stand, written by Victor Gaetan at National Catholic Register. Gaetan writes, "High over the Nineveh Plain, surveying the land where Assyrians have lived since long before Christ, Allott asks Adde, “How do you feel?” Link
  • August 18 — ADFA's Nuri Kino latest article in The Huffington Post. "Over the last few weeks I have been reading up on the concept of genocide, the UN declaration, the International Criminal Court, the situation in Syria and Iraq and historical comparisons. For instance, I have read about the Holocaust. The German award-winning film Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (Labyrinth of Lies) is about the first Nazi trials. In the late 50s the young German prosecutor Johann Radmann encountered victims of the Shoah, the genocide on Jews. He was until then unaware of the extent of the atrocities during World War II, nor did he know that many Nazis at that time held high positions in the new German Government." Link
  • August 17 — Our team is excited to announce that Our Last Stand, a documentary film produced by Jordan Allott and ADFA member Helma Adde, will premiere in New York City on Friday August 19th at the SVA Theater, and then In Washington D.C. on September 9th during the Annual IDC Advocacy Convention. The film has also been accepted to and will be screening at several film festivals in the coming months. Link
  • August 8 — ADFA's Nuri Kino asks Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström to stop the genocide of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs in Syria and Iraq. Sweden has won a place in the UN Security Council which gives it a unique opportunity to act on the issue. Kino encourages Wallström to utilize the tools she has been given by taking the first step in ending the genocide. Link
  • August 4 — Make Never again mean Never again On the 29 June, ADFA was invited to the European Parliament, where Nuri Kino delivered a powerful speech about the ongoing genocide in Iraq and Syria. ADF International launched Never Again — Legal Responses to a Broken Promise in the Middle East, written by the organisation’s legal adviser, Ewelina Ochab, and published by Kairos Publications. Link
  • July 28 — The last few days we have recieved news about terrorist attacks in Europe, Africa and Middle East; one more devastating than the other. We have also seen debates, in countries like US, Sweden and Australia, about the increasing threat to our civlisation and its roots. In a new piece, ADFA's Australia Director Nahir Bisso explains what it feels like to be a second class citizien, and to always be reminded that you're different. His family fled from Turkey to Australia, where he is constantly reminded of the genocide his grandfather barely survived one hundred years - a genocide that is being repeated today. Bisso also delves into his thoughts as a parent in a world full of discrimination and racism, highlighting how important it is to keep teaching your children tolerance no matter what. Link
  • July 9 — "Make 'Never Again' mean never again:" On June 29th, ADFA founder Nuri Kino joined a panel at the European Parliament for ADF International's release of the book "Never Again: Legal Responses to a Broken Promise in the Middle East" from Kairos Publications and written by Ewelina Ochab. Link
  • July 6 — The attack on Karrada, Iraq over the weekend is thought to be the most deadly since 2003. With a death toll that keeps climbing and horrific images surfacing, ADFA'S Linda Michael shares her blog "Pray for Baghdad" Link
  • July 2 — ADFA's executive director Steve Oshana and Syriac League's president Habib Afram had the opportunity to speak with the Christian Post yesterday about the attacks in Lebanon and the overall effort of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac and other Christians to form security forces in the fight against ISIS. Link
  • June 21 — United Nations have acknowledged, in a report called "They came to destroy", that fighters from the Islamic State armed group are committing genocide against Yazidis in Syria and Iraq. ADFA's Nuri Kino in his latest piece in The Huffington Post analyzes the consequences and writes about meetings with a Yazidi journalist, activists and refugees. Link
  • June 21 — Yet another unconscionable act of violence has been carried out against the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people in Qamishly in northeastern Syria, this time claiming the lives of our security forces and nearly taking the life of our Patriarch and distinguished clergy. ADFA spoke with Christian Today about the attack and reiterated the importance of supporting our local security forces who are on the front lines of the battle against ISIS. Link
  • June 20 — The United Nations have acknowledged, in a report called "They came to destroy", that fighters from the Islamic State armed group are committing genocide against Yazidis in Syria and Iraq. ADFA's Nuri Kino was among those being interviewed by RFI, France 24:s English edition. Link
  • June 13 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) has spoken to Penelope Minitiati, the head of the department for missing people and the initiative taker for the data base. ADFA has for more than half a year helped a man searching for his wife and daughters. We went to Rhodes to see if his DNA match any of those in the data base. In a strong report in YourMiddleEast Nuri Kino, Linda Michael Courtelis and Ninos Özmen Patto describe the struggle to find missing loved ones. Link
  • June 2 — The German Parliament has recognized the genocide of 1915. ADFA's Nuri Kino writes about meetings with eyewitnesses, gathering of facts and the struggle to raise awareness Link
  • June 1 — A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino in his latest The Huffington Post piece Link
  • May 26 — Steve Oshana is quoted and mentioned in Politico magazine. Link
  • May 26 — Christian Today's Carey Lodge reports about the clashes in Hah (Antili) yesterday. Nuri Kino founder of ADFA is quoted. Link
  • May 20 — ADFA's Nuri Kino in his latest piece in The Huffington Post. Link
  • May 14 — Anti-Islamic State forces in Iraq are set to benefit from a defence spending bill headed for authorisation by the US Congress and Senate. Christian Today speaks with A Demand For Action's Executive Director about recent Congressional support for local security forces in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual military spending bill in the the US Congress. Link
  • May 9 — The Clarion Project focuses on bringing awareness to the reality that Christianity is slowly, but surely, disappearing from the Middle East and Asia Minor. ADFA's Nuri Kino is quoted. Link
  • May 4 — Armenian Weekly writes about the response from prominent human rights advocates to Turkeys purchase of full page advertisements denying Seyfo and the Armenian Genocide. A Demand For Action joins leading advocates such as ANCA, IDC, Genocide Watch, Jewish World Watch, and the International Association of Genocide Scholars in an unequivocal repudiation of such a provocative attempt to use major media advertisements to rewrite history. Link
  • April 28 — In a powerful interview conducted exclusively for ADFA, Charlie Weimers (chief of staff) interviews European Parliamentarian Lars Adaktusson (on location at St Jacobs church in the Nineveh Plain in Iraq). His message is clear: "Let's work together. Let's do this together. Let's unite" Link
  • April 26 — Eight children killed in terrorist attacks in Aleppo, Syria Christian Today quotes ADFA's Nuri Kino and Diana Yaqco: "A cousin of Kino's mother is currently in Aleppo. She told him this morning: "We were praying that we could get some rest from the war, that it is over, just weeks ago we started to get normal life back. Now, we have lost all hope, we just want out of here, there is no one to protect us. I can't take it any more, I can't see more friends, relatives or neighbours lose their children from the bombs of the terrorists." Spokeswoman for ADFA, Diana Yaqco, said: "All I can say on this situation [is] that it is incredibly sad and it's not a surprise either. We are being hunted all the time, not just for being a minority people but for our religion also... This week was the commemoration [of] 101 years since the genocide of Armenians, Assyrians at the hands of Ottoman Empire. "This genocide I feel will continue to follow us, world leaders can recognise it, stamp it onto papers, but what's the use when we are still being killed for the same reasons we were being killed 101 years ago?" Link
  • April 20 — The DNA register in Athens for missing refugees A Demand For Action (ADFA) executive director, Steve Oshana, sits down with EWTN News Nightly to discuss the Pope's visit to Greece and the ADFA DNA initiative to assist refugees who've lost loved ones in the waters of the Mediterranean identify their families remains. ADFA founder and president Nuri Kino recently returned from Rhodes where he and his team worked with Greek authorities to locate and identify a fathers wife and two daughters who died in a boat en route to the Greek islands. Link
  • April 18 — Entrepenour and philanthropist Gunilla von Platen was interviewed on the Swedish talk show "Efter tio med Malou" (After ten with Malou). She gave an openhearted interview about how her mother was nearly killed in Turkey, their poverty, the struggle for survival, and how she became successful. Gunilla also answered questions about the ongoing genocide against Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, the orphanage Little Angel, and expressed her gratitude to A Demand For Action for assisting with the gala, which aided in the building of the orphanage, and our continued cooperation. She was also grateful for being able to collaborate with the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem III and she hoped for continual efforts in the future in order to provide orphans with better circumstances. Link
  • April 18 — "A Demand For Action is searching for missing refugees", that was one of the headlines on TV4, Swedish national TV this morning. ADFA's founder Nuri Kino just came back from Rhodes, Greece, where he was searching for a woman from al-Hassake in Syria and her two daughters. The father is in Sweden and lives under enormous stress. The mother and the daughters are supposed to have drowned in the sea between Turkey and Greece - but their bodies have not been found. With the help of the fathers DNA ADFA is trying to locate his family. The DNA register in Athens is quite unknown and ADFA wants to raise awarenss about it. Unfortunatelly there was no match to the fathers DNA in the register, but bodies are floating up on the Greek islands and at least he is registred now if his family is found. ADFA has also helped others with the process of finding their relatives. Link
  • April 15 — Washington Post has published a piece about the future of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs in the Middle East. Among those interviewed are Syriac League's Habib Afram, ADFA's Nuri Kino, Middle East historian Dr. Eden Naby, and people who fled from Khabour in northeastern Syria when it was attacked by ISIS/Daash: "Assyrians, also referred to as Chaldeans or Syriacs, consider themselves ethnically distinct from Arabs and Kurds, tracing their roots in the region to 6,500 years ago. They speak a modern dialect of what was the lingua franca of the Assyrian Empire." "Assyrians were among the earliest people to convert to Christianity, and they mostly belong to four Eastern Rite churches, whose founders are said to have included the 1st-century apostles Thomas, Thaddeus and Bartholomew." Link
  • April 13 — Just before the U.S. Congress adjourned for the Easter Holiday, ADFA executive director Steve Oshana submitted powerful testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs outlining the foreign aid priorities for the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people. Link
  • April 8 — ADFA Founder Nuri Kino was mentioned in thewhig-artickle. On the 6th of April we wrote this introduction to an editorial in the Canadian news outlet The Whig: Link
  • April 6 — ADFA Founder Nuri Kino was mentioned in thewhig-artickle. In all our contacts with political bodies like the European Parliament and the U.S. Government we have emphasized the persecution of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac, other Christians and other non-Muslims at refugee camps in the Middle East. The same atrocities are also to be found in European accommodations for asylum seekers. A Demand For Action founder, Nuri Kino, has previously investigated and reported on the situation in the Swedish asylum centrew, something which, since the publishing of his articles, has been debated in the Swedish Parliament several times. They flee from genocide only to meet the perpetrators again in Jordan and even Germany. And there, in refugee camps, they are being intimidated all over. Thank your for an essential piece, Geoffrey P. Johnston and The Whig. Link
  • April 3 — Nathan Kalasho, A Demand For Action (ADFA) Detroit representative, and his family operate schools dedicated to preserving Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac culture and language. Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Sander Levin visited KEYS GRACE ACADEMY, where he held a discussion with students on their immigration process and struggles during resettlement. The Congressman was also given a brief history lesson on the Assyrian/Babylonian New Year, which was celebrated by students and staff members throughout the day. The story is covered by Detroit's ABC network in the LINK. Link
  • April 1 — A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino's latest piece in Your Middle East: "She pretended to be a Muslim, covered her hair, learned everything else that was required, to pray, to wash herself in the right way. She had one goal: to save lives, Christian and Muslim." Link
  • March 18 — Los Angeles Daily News reports: Members of A Demand for Action, a group founded in 2014 to raise awareness and create a safe haven in Iraq for indigenous people and minorities, said they were pleased with Kerry’s statement but will press lawmakers to hold the perpetrators accountable. “We are thanking every organization, every person that shed light of this genocide,” said Nuri Kino, a Swedish Assyrian author and journalist who founded A Demand For Action. “It’s a joint effort. This shows that grassroots movements works.” Link
  • March 16 — Al-Masdar interviews Executive Director Steve Oshana about A Demand for Action's world wide operations. The pod cast was published on Monday March 14, a couple of hours before the House of Representatives voted to pass H.Con.Res 75, which recognizes violence against violence against Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians, Yezidis, and other minorities as Genocide. Steve Oshana discusses legislative and political issues pertaining to the plight and gives an in-depth explanation of the policy and the fight to have our peoples' suffering recognized as Genocide. Link
  • March 15 — Christian Today reports, A Demand For Action's Steve Oshana is quoted in the article. Link
  • March 14 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino was quoted in The Gospel Herald regarding ISIS burning hundreds of Christian textbooks. Link
  • March 14 — His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II in a letter to the Swedish government: In the last few months, we have in the Church's leadership followed the journalist and activist Nuri Kino’s reporting on conditions in Swedish asylum accommodations, and we are dismayed. Our contacts with other sources have confirmed that Christians and other vulnerable persons are persecuted in Swedish Migration Agency facilities. This is not a situation worthy of Sweden and the generous Swedish people Link
  • March 11 — Christian Today reports, A Demand For Action's Executive Director Steve Oshana is quoted in the article. Link
  • March 10 — An interview with A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Samhälle (Society of Today) translated to English by Agneta Wirberg. We have a lot in our tool box that we can use, said the minister. The question was what action the government is taking against the ethnic and religious persecution in the asylum camps. According to Nuri Kino the box is mostly made up of words. No action is taken. Now he wants to open accommodations for Christian asylum seekers. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • March 9 — Another piece about the situation at Swedish asylum accommodations by A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino. This translated article was published today in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagen. Kino's articles has been debated in the Swedish parliament, and has led Svenska Evangeliska Alliansen (SEA, Swedish Evangelical Alliance) to start a fundraising campaign for the opening of accommodation for Christian asylum seekers. Link
  • March 4 — Christian today reports: The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously in support of Resolution 75, which states that "those who commit or support mass murder and atrocities against minorities" in the Middle East are guilty of "genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity." Steve Oshana, director of A Demand for Action, a campaign group for minorities in the Middle East, said the resolution "now reflects the ethnic and indiginous rights of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people". Link
  • March 3 — A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino continues to publish articles about the situation for asylum seekers in Sweden. This translated article was published today in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Kino's articles have been debated in the Swedish parliament, and has led to Svenska Evangeliska Alliansen (SEA, Swedish Evangelical Alliance) starting a fundraising campaign in order to open a shelter for Christian asylum seekers. Link
  • February 29 — In this important and well written piece, Politico reporter Nahal Toosi examines the efforts to secure Genocide recognition for violence against Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Armenian, and other Chrsitians, as well as Yezidis and other minorities. The report analyzes the political and legal questions regarding Genocide determination, and also sheds light on the challenge President Obama is facing. A Demand For Action's Executive Director Steve Oshana was interviewed for the piece and doubles down on the ethnic dimension of the fight for the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac cause. Link
  • February 27 — A Demand For Action's founder Nuri Kino about the situation for Christian refugees in Swedish accommodations for asylum seekers in Medium. Link
  • February 27 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) Executive Director Steve Oshana joins EWTN News Nightly on the one year anniversary of the invasion of Khabour to discuss the release of hostages kidnapped during that siege. He discusses the ongoing fight for Genocide recognition, the role of our churches in hostage situations, both in Khabour and Al-Qaratiyn, that 100 hostages still remain captive in Syria, and the current legislative items being undertaken to allow the people of Khabour and elsewhere to begin the process of returning home. Link
  • February 24 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino in his article about persecuted Christians in refugee camps. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • February 23 — Los Angeles Daily News reports: Ramond Takhsh, president of the Assyrian American Association of Southern California, said the news was welcomed among the 10,000 strong community across the region. A Demand for Action (ADFA), an organization founded in 2014 to raise awareness for the indigenous people and minorities of the Middle East, expressed relief for those that had been held captive. Link
  • February 22 — ---------Breaking------- Newsweek reports about the release of the remaining Assyrians that were abducted by ISIS about a year ago. The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization and A Demand For Action (ADFA) are quoted. Link
  • February 22 — Christian Today: The Assyrian Church of the East's Diocese of Syria has confirmed that the 43 were among more than 200 people abducted from villages along the Khabour River on 23 February 2015. ISIS militants undertook raids on a number of Assyrian villages near Tel Hmar, burning churches and forcing hundreds of families to flee. Link
  • February 19 — This is the first article of three where Nuri Kino, investigative journalist and founder of A Demand For Action (ADFA), writes about the situation of harassment of Christians in Swedish accommodations for asylum seekers. The reports are going to be published in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Translated by Agneta Wirberg. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • February 18 — Will Washington Act? A Demand For Action's Executive Director Steve Oshana about the ongoing genocide in Syria and Iraq and Washington's failure. Has ADFA accomplished anything in Washington D.C. though? That and many other questions are answered in this important piece. Link
  • February 15 — The Swedish daily newspaper Sydsvenskan's editor Rakel Chukri today published a piece about MEP Lars Adaktusson's and A Demand For Action's struggle for recognition of the genocide in Iraq and Syria. The text is translated by ADFA's Daniela Babylonia Barhanna. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • February 13 — A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino on Swedish National Radia last night commented Pope Francis and Patriarche Kirill's historical meeting in Cuba. Why is the meeting and the co-operation taking place right now? What can the conecequences be? (Radio link in Swedish) Link
  • February 9 — "While America waits, Europe acts" is the headline of this informative piece by the Clarion Project on the EU Genocide resolution. The article highlights the work of MEP Lars Adaktusson and ADFA founder Nuri Kino in advancing the resolution and suggests what the next steps might be in the struggle for peace. The article highlights work being done to advocate for the Obama administration to recognize the ongoing Genocide and why such a designation is important, noting accurately that when lesser terms of recognition are used, regardless of legal obligation, only the term Genocide elicits action and intervention. Link
  • February 8 — Op-Ed in the Swedish Daily News (Svenska Dagbladet) by A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino: I will open a shelter for Christian refugees. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • February 5 — Swedish Daily News editorial reporter Ivar Arpi on Nuri Kino's decade of reporting about the ethno-religious cleansing in Iraq and Syria. Arpi also writes about how A Demand For Action has come to play a major role in getting the genocide resolution passed in the European Parliament and MEP Lars Adaktusson's genuine and tireless work. The piece is translated by ADFA's Silvia Cakmakci. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • February 4 — It's a genocide! Newsweek reporter Jack Moore quotes MEP Lars Adaktusson and A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino in his piece about the European Parliament's decision to recognize the genocide: Nuri Kino, the director and founder of the Middle Eastern advocacy group A Demand for Action who also led the push for the genocide to be recognized with Adaktusson, tells Newsweek that the passing of the resolution would help to save lives in the Middle East. Link
  • February 4 — Hear the roar of joy over the recognition! The European Parliament voted today yes on a resolution were IS persecution of religious minorities are to be classified as genocide. This Thursday afternoon LT (Länstidningen, local paper in Södertälje, Sweden) met a happy, but tired Nuri Kino. During 18 months has he and the organization Demand For Action informed tirelessly the world about the horrors religious minorities have been exposed to in the Middle East. (Article in Swedish) Link
  • January 29 — Christian Today has reported about the recent release of hostages. "The hostages were among more than 200 people abducted from villages along the Khabour River in northern Syria on February 23 last year. ISIS militants undertook raids on a number of Assyrian villages near Tel Hmar, burning churches and forcing hundreds of families to flee". "Obviously we are very grateful more are freed," ADFA spokeswoman Diana Yaqco said today. "This with no doubt has been one of the most difficult periods in the church's history and very challenging to many, but thankfully the church leaders have not given up at all and have pursued this from the beginning. Link
  • January 27 — It's a genocide! In his latest piece in The Huffington Post A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino challenges Christians in organized form. He is asking them if they will join MEP Lars Adaktusson in his struggle to get the atrocities against Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, other Christians and for example Yazidis recognized as genocide in the European Parliament. An extract: We, at A Demand For Action, sat on the edge of our seats in front of our computer screens during the debate in the Parliament on the evening of Wednesday January 20th. A discussion on the millions of non-Muslims, but also Muslim minorities continued existence in Syria and Iraq, was discussed. MP's gave their presentations. Link
  • January 20 — It's a genocide. A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino on Sky News about today's debate in the European Parliament initiated by MEP Lars Adaktusson and the importance of recognizing the atrocities and the ethno-religious cleansing in Iraq and Syria as a genocide. Link
  • January 13 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino was interviewed by "Open Doors" an annex to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Link
  • January 8 — It's a genocide! A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino in a new strong piece about the ongoing genocide in Syria and Iraq. An excerpt from the text: "We don't know who carried out the attacks, what we know is that we don't fit in the picture, that they think that Syria should be emptied of Christians," said a friend of mine on the phone just hours after. Link
  • December 30 — It's a genocide! In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, documentary filmmaker Jordan Allott offers a sobering assessment as to why the plight of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria is a Genocide and needs to be recognized as such by President Obama. Last summer, Jordan and ADFA representative Helma Adde visited the front lines of the battle against ISIS to document the humanitarian catastrophe facing the Christians in Iraq and Syria. Risking their lives, they were embedded with the local security forces fighting ISIS and were able to provide a firsthand account of the heavy toll of human suffering. Their film Our Last Stand is under production. Link
  • December 30 — ranslated by Daniela Barhanna Nuri Kino has taken a sabbatical year, as he calls it. Now he fights for Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans and other threatened people in the Middle East. Link
  • December 29 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino was quoted by the French observer site France24 Link
  • December 28 — It's a genocide! Our partners at the Armenian National Committee of America offer a comprehensive update and analysis on current legislative items pertaining to the recognition of suffering of Christians in the middle east such as the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac, Melkites, Armenians, and others. The introduction and support for S.Res.340, H.Res.440, and letters to the President and Secretary of State are highlighted as efforts being undertaken by a broad coalition of advocates, scholars, members of Congress, and NGO's to designate the suffering as Genocide. Link
  • December 25 — Steve Oshana, A Demand for Action's executive director gives an in-depth interview to Al-Masdar News regarding the current and past legislative efforts in Washington, DC and what it has achieved for the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people in Iraq and Syria. The interview details our overarching philosophy of inclusion and coalition building to illuminate the overwhelming support ADFA receives from a diverse community of activists, religious denominations, and political affiliations. Link
  • December 24 — Merry Christmas. A Demand For Actions founder Nuri Kino has written his yearly Christmas column on Finnish author, translator, publisher and blogger Merit Wagers blog. The text tells about a day in his life, a special day when A Demand for Action received many contributions to its Little Smiles Christmas-campaign. Link
  • December 23 — ADFA was refered in this article the in the biggest news station in Sweden. [Article in swedish] Link
  • December 23 — A Demand For Action has today been mentioned as one of the most important organisations in Sweden and the world. Thank you, Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish daily newspaper) for the kind words and the big Gingerbread Heart appreciation award. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all followers, sponsors and members all over the world. Link
  • December 21 — Thank you to all that made our Christmas campaign, Little Smiles possible, ADFA founder Nuri Kino writes about it in The Huffington Post: "A Demand For Action's Christmas campaign has finally taken off, and it warms my heart. We're handing out Christmas presents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. We want children to smile; children who've been forced to flee with their parents because of their religion and ethnicity. Children who have witnessed the most evil of acts." Link
  • December 18 — It's a genocide! A Demand For Action's Executive Director Steve Oshana writes about our work in Washington DC: Last week A Demand for Action founder Nuri Kino visited Washington, DC for a series of political and diplomatic meetings surrounding the plight of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people. The meetings took place December 7-11 and were attended by ADFA members Nathan Kalasho of Detroit, and Tabeetha and Helma Adde of New York, who mobilized for a final effort to secure year end legislation and implore President Obama to recognize the ongoing persecution of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people, as well as Yezidis, Armenians, and other minorities as Genocide. Link
  • December 15 — Last weekend, Helma Adde, A Demand For Action (ADFA) member and co-producer of the upcoming film, Our Last Stand, along with ADFA founder Nuri Seyhan Kino, were invited by EWTN News Nightly to offer firsthand testimony regarding the ongoing genocide committed against Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs in Iraq and Syria and the efforts of the organization in urging legislators on Capitol Hill and the world to recognize these atrocities as genocide. Link
  • December 14 — The efforts of A Demand For Action regarding genocide recognition of Assyrian/Chaldeans/Syriacs in Iraq and Syria are reported by the Los Angeles Daily News: U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said Friday he was briefed during the week about the issue from the organization A Demand For Action, which formed last year to speak out and document what was happening to the religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq as the ranks of ISIS rose. Link
  • December 14 — "Silence After The Storm", an upcoming extroadinary ‪#‎documentary‬ about the existential threat to the indiginous Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean minority by ‪#‎ISIS‬. The 25-minute film, proudly sponsored by A Demand For Action, was shot and directed by Sargon Saadi on the field in Turkey, Iraq, and ‪#‎Syria‬ in spring of 2015. Link
  • December 11 — In addition to having an eventful week in Washington D.C. advocating the recognition of the ongoing genocide throughout the Middle East, we were also pleased to meet and discuss the upcoming film, Our Last Stand Our members, Nuri Kino, Steve Oshana, Helma Adde and Tabeetha Adde, along with filmmaker Jordan Allott, met with Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, Illinois. During this meeting, Helma and Jordan supplemented our advocacy with eyewitness testimony of the current plight of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people of Iraq and Syria as well as the protection of our people by the Christian security forces in the area. We stressed the importance of humanitarian aid in this time of crisis as well as the fact that the crimes committed against the indigenous groups of the regions is nothing but a genocide. Link
  • December 10 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) is in Washington DC to advocate for the recognition of genocide against Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Armenians and other Christians. Nuri Kino, founder of ADFA, has written an essential piece in The Huffington Post urging president Obama to recognize the ongoing genocide. Link
  • December 9 — Mr. President, It’s a Genocide A Demand for Action mobilizes at the United States Capitol On Tuesday, December 8th, A Demand for Action President and Founder Nuri Kino, Executive Director Steve Oshana, and Detroit Ambassador Nathan Kalasho led one of the final advocacy campaigns towards pushing the US administration to recognize the recent atrocities against Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as genocide. Link
  • December 4 — We are proud to announce that Nuri Kino is the "Role Model of the year" in Sweden. Below a translation from the Swedish daily newspaper Dagen's report about the award: A Role Model – giving away his shoes when needed Link
  • December 3 — Nuri Kino publishes an Op-Ed in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet about persecution at shelters for asylum seekers in Sweden. ADFA member Daniela Babylonia Barhanna translated the article to English. Link
  • November 29 — It is a genocide! Swedish member of the European Parliament Lars Adaktusson is continuing his efforts to have the crimes against humanity in Iraq and Syria recognised as a genocide. He has invited A Demand For Action founder Nuri Kino and several others to a seminar in Stockholm tomorrow to testify about the ethno-religious cleansing. Today Adaktusson published an Op-Ed in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. ADFA's Izla Rhawi Journeaux has translated the text: Link
  • November 25 — ---------- Breaking --------- In light of recent reports that the Obama administration may be preparing to designate ISIS atrocities Genocide while excluding Christians from that designation, A Demand For Action and our partners in Washington, DC have joined together to issue a powerful statement delivered this afternoon to President Barack Obama. ADFA and our partners in Washington and around the world implore the US to recognize the plight of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people and other minorities for what it can only be called: Genocide. We are pleased to see such a broad coalition of distinguished scholars, activists, and religious leaders come to together to speak with a powerful, unified voice. We will continue our work with the Obama administration to ensure the victims of Genocide are heard in Washington and every hall of power around the globe. We are grateful to our partners at In Defense of Christians, the Armenian National Committee of America, Genocide Watch, and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative for their work on this statement, and thank all the organizations who contributed their voices and signatures to this effort. Link
  • November 24 — Kano Suryoyo's four-day conference on the genocide against Christians in 1915 and the current one takes place in Syria and Iraq, at Paderborn University in Germany. Several sabotage attempts were made to stop it, but Kano Suryoyo along with student organizations from the Armenian, Yazidi and Kurdish groups proceeded with the well attended event. ADFA founder Nuri Kino met several eyewitnesses to the ethno-religious cleansing of those countries. He writes about it in his latest The Huffington Post piece. Link
  • November 22 — Ashur Minas, A Demand For Action's Iraqi Senior Advisor & Coordinator in a chilling text about a family of seven that drowned in the ocean between Turkey and Greece. Link
  • November 21 — "The eternal escape from one place to another, constantly on the run", Savina Dawood, A Demand For Action's Iraq ambassador giving a speech in Sweden about the persecution of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other non-Muslim minorities of the Middle East. Link
  • November 20 — A Demand For Action president Nuri Kino, joins Nina Shea (the director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom) and Paul Rowe (associate professor of international studies at Trinity Western University) in an interview with Jason McLure, on the Global Journalist, to discuss the continuing trend of persecution and decline of the indigenous Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac population throughout the Middle East and the fearful future of the Christian minorities of the region. Link
  • November 18 — A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino is one of four Swedes nominated for "The Role Model Of The Year" by the Daily Newspaper Dagen. Link
  • November 11 — How do you tell a man his wife and children might have died in the cold waters of the Mediterranean? A Demand For Action's Swedish team had to do just that. Read Nuri Kino's chilling account in The Huffington Post. Link
  • November 11 — A Demand For Action is very proud to announce that a very strong trailer of the film Our Last Stand is out. We recommend you to see it while we all are waiting for actual film to be released. "It's heart wrenching to feel like you can't help and no one cares, I made a choice, I went there to reveal the truth of a genocide that the world turns a blind eye too ... " Helma Adde. Link
  • November 7 — A Demand For Action quoted in Christian Today about the released ISIS captives. Diana Yaqco, spokeswoman for ADFA, told Christian Today: "I am so relieved there is movement again and that the Church has made the Assyrian community so proud in the way it has handled the situation under such huge pressure. The church leaders are not politicians or professional negotiators but they have not abandoned anyone." Link
  • November 3 — "Abandoned", Steve Oshana, A Demand For Action's Executive Director said in an radio interview. He was asked what word that comes to his mind thinking of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Armenians, Yazidis and other non-Muslim minorities of Iraq and Syria. Link
  • October 27 — "It is a betrayal of one of the most vulnerable and persecuted minority groups in the world right now. These horrifying acts are done in front of the eyes of the western world and it must now, once and for all, be described for what it is; genocide and crimes against humanity.", European Parliamentarian Lars Adaktusson about Assyrian/Chaldeans/Syriacs and Armenians in Iraq. Link
  • October 22 — "The best word I can use to describe the situation of Christians is ABANDONED", A Demand For Action's Executive Director Steve Oshana states on the popular "David Webb Show". The interview was about the situation for Christians in The Middle East and what a political solution for our people might entail. Link
  • October 18 — Christian Today reports: A Demand for Action spokesperson Diana Yaqco said the international community needs to act immediately to help rescue the Assyrian Christians as ransom demands set by the ISIS seems "unbearable'' for the community to produce. Link
  • October 15 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) founder Nuri Kino in yet another strong piece in The Huffington Post: "Erdogan, You Are to Blame" Link
  • October 14 — Peter El Khouri, A Demand For Action's Swedish representative in a strong piece about the proximity to the terrorist group ISIS violence, even when you live in Sweden. El Khouris neighbor is directly affected by the terrorists. Link
  • October 14 — Newsweek about the new alliance in Northern Syria: Nuri Kino, the founder and president of A Demand For Action, a group that advocates for the protection of ethno-religious minorities in the Middle East, confirmed the existence of the alliance in an email to Newsweek Monday, but added that it was unclear what impact the group would have in the country's ongoing civil war, which has seen 240,000 people killed, 7.6 million displaced within Syria and four million refugees flee the country. Link
  • October 12 — ADFA is quoted several times in the article published by Carey Lodge in Christian Today. Link
  • October 11 — A Demand For Action was invited to hold a speech in Wiesbaden, Germany. Participants from all over the country came to listen to founder Nuri Kino's presentation about the genocide in Syria and Iraq. We thank all organizations that prepared the well visited event. Link
  • October 8 — Christian Today about the recent brutal murders by the terrorist group Islamic Sate quoting several Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean human rights organisations, ADFA is among them. Link
  • October 7 — A Demand For Action founder Nuri Kino in his latest piece in The Huffington Post: In Saddam Hussein, America took away what they called a beast. In Bashar Al-Assad, America now wants to take away another so-called beast. Whether they're dictators or monsters doesn't make a difference. I convey the consistent message of victims - thousands of people I have met and spoken to over a decade. "We need a hero. We want someone who can stop the kidnappings and beheadings of family members." Link
  • October 7 — We are very proud to announce that A Demand For Action's Iraqi team member Savina Dawood is profiled in The Huffington Post: "Savina's work is not about generating sad tears. Savina's work provides hope and rehabilitation to the children that will eventually forge peace in the Iraqi nation." Link
  • October 7 — A Demand For Action founder Nuri Kino in his latest column in the Swedish newspaper Dagen gives Sweden a lot credit for what the country has done for refugees in the last decade. Kino also asks volunteers that are making sandwiches in places like Stockholm to stop complaining about their situation and get some perspective. Link
  • October 3 — Vasabladet in an exklusive report about A Demand For Action: A Demand for Action began as a cry for help through Facebook and Twitter. In one year, it has spread to fifteen countries. It lobbies in Washington DC and Brussels, where it has also pushed through bills and resolutions. Their statements have been quoted in newspapers like the New York Times, Newsweek and the IBTimes. Nuri Kino himself has his own column/blog in the Huffington Post and writes frequently in newspapers such as Svenska Dagbladet and Dagen. Link
  • September 30 — Christian Today interviews A Demand For Action (ADFA's) Executive Director and writes about the comprehensive resolution introduced last week by U.S. Congressman Dave Trott of Michigan and Congressman Brad Sherman of California. Link
  • September 29 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) travelled to Serbia and Turkey to better understand the refugee crisis. Nuri Kino has written a piece for Your Middle East: "Entire families have gone missing, as if they have gone up in smoke" This is how the article is presented: "Nuri Kino has reported on people smuggling for 15 years. He has acted as a refugee, wanting to be smuggled, and he has pretended to be a smuggler in order to understand this billion-dollar industry, which is now expanding because of the wars in the Middle East. This time, Nuri has traveled to the border between Serbia and Hungary, and then onwards to Turkey to meet with refugees who are on their way to Western Europe through smuggling networks." Link
  • September 24 — ADFA Executive Director quoted in Christian Today on President Obama's memo to aid Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac and other minorities with humanitarian and security support. Oshana welcomes the pledge for support, challenges the Obama Administration to better live up to Pope Francis' example, and expresses our expectations that this policy will help our suffering people in light of the shortfall of support int the past. Link
  • September 23 — This morning, President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House, and ADFA's Executive Director was on hand to take part in the arrival ceremony. Surrounding the historic visit of His Holiness to Washington, the White House today released a comprehensive mandate on US policy priorities regarding Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac, Yezidi, and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. Link
  • September 22 — Recently in Washington, A Demand For Action (ADFA) members took part in the In Defense of Christians (IDC) convention on Capitol Hill and subsequently met with members of Congress and executive offices in the proceeding days. The conference served as a gathering for all Middle Eastern Christian diaspora communities to join in solidarity to advocate on behalf of their persecuted brethren in the homeland. Link
  • September 22 — In a new Huffington Post article, Demand For Action's Nuri Kino reports on the ongoing refugee crisis from the field about meeting a young pregnant woman with no shoes at the border of Hungary. Kino gave her his shoes. Link
  • September 20 — Today, 5100 Assyrian/Syriacs gathered in Södertälje for the derby between Assyriska v Syrianska south of Stockholm. A Demand For Action had volunteers on both stands. We reminded people about the genocide on the indigenous people of Iraq and Syria. We collected money that will go to housing refugees in Istanbul, Turkey. We are incredibly thankful for the love shown to our volunteers. Link
  • September 17 — A new must read by ADFA's Nuri Kino in The Huffington Post about ADFA's visit in Serbia. Our team members Linda Michael, Ninos Sharro and Rimon Melkemichel where also present in Syria in order to understand the refugee crisis better. The team also helped out other NGO:s at a centre for refugee aid. Link
  • September 15 — Refugee crisis. A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino, Ninos Sharro, Rimon Melkmemichel and Linda Michael spent three days in Serbia to understand the massive refugee crisis. Kino also went to the border to follow refugees wanting to cross over to Hungary. The report, published in The Huffington Post, is an eyewitness account you should read if you want to understand the situation in Europe and in the Middle East. Link
  • September 11 — On the 20th August, at Grand Hotel in Stockholm (Sweden) a gala was held to support His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II in the building of the Little Angel orphanage in Syria. A Demand For Action worked with philanthropist and entrepreneur Gunilla von Platen to make the night a success. Half a million USD was donated through auctions and donations. Suroyo TV were at the gala, please watch the clip to see interviews and more from their broadcast. Link
  • September 8 — In "About A Boy" A Demand For Action representative, Linda Michael, writes about how the drowning of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi has broken hearts everywhere: "Yet my tears are just for him..For a future that will never be realised. For stories of a war-free existence he was told about, but will never know. For little hands that will never curl around his father’s’ fingers. For little feet that will never walk in those shoes again." Link
  • September 7 — A conference about the victims of ethnic and religious persecution in the Middle East. From European Parliament Lars Adaktussons website. Link
  • September 6 — ADFA's Representative in Turkey, Ferit Altinsu, explains the political situation in Turkey in the lead up to elections on 1st November and how ethnic minorities may stand a chance of gaining parliamentary seats if the right party wins: " In last elections, Erol Dora, a lawyer from Istanbul, was the only Assyrian elected as MP, representing HDP, along with Garo Paylan, an Armenian human rights activist from HDP, and Selina Doğan from CHP. Dora may not be a candidate for the third time due to the code of conduct of the party. In the coming weeks, the party will make a decision about the future candidacy of similar MPs in the party" Link
  • September 4 — Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Armenians and other Christians forced to live under slave conditions. A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino speaks to Newsweek, along with archbishop Jean Kawak and head of the Syriac League Habib Afram, after learning horrifying details about kidnapped Christians in al-Qaryatain Last year, the terrorist group ISIS forced all Christians to leave Mosul, Iraq, and later the Nineveh Plains. Now, it's all being repeated in Syria, and the situation is getting worse. A declaration from the terrorist group's so called caliph reveals that non-Muslims will be subjected to subhuman treatment and live under slave conditions. Link
  • September 4 — A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino on the phone with relatives to drowned Kurdish family during the burial in Kobane earlier today. Newsweek reports: The service was carried out in complete silence and the people of Kobane are now going to gather for a traditional Kurdish memorial ceremony, according to Nuri Kino, the director and founder of the Middle Eastern advocacy group A Demand for Action. "I was on the phone and heard the crying while the pictures were sent over to me online," says the activist who operates from Sweden using an extensive network of contacts on the ground in Syrian territory. "It was very hard to act professional and not burst into tears. This is one family." Link
  • September 4 — In a world exclusive the grandfather of the two Syrian Kurdish boys whose drowning earlier this week rocked the world speaks to A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino and local Dr Dorpec Kobane and shares that the family's final destination was to be Germany: "The day before she drowned she talked to me and said that their end destination was Germany and that they would take the boat either in the morning or the day after," says Kurdi, crying in his house in Kobane. "The next telephone call was about how they had drowned. My daughter had drowned, she jumped after her children." Many thanks to the family for speaking to us during this very heartbreakingly difficult time and to Dr Kobane who assisted with the interview and photos. Of course also we appreciate the reporting of Jack Moore and Newsweek. Link
  • September 3 — Nuri Kino in a strong new Op-Ed in Your Middle East about the refugee crisis: Military action and political solutions for Iraq and Syria are now necessary humanitarian interventions. I’m just about to send this chronicle off when I receive a text on my phone. A friend of a friend wants to talk to me. Her relatives are missing, presumed drowned. Two parents and their three children. We all want to help in this refugee crisis, but you cannot cure a disease by medicating its symptoms. ISIS and other terrorist organisations must be stopped now. The photograph of three-year-old Aylan’s dead body washed ashore on one of Turkey’s most beautiful beaches has caused many to react strongly. Aylan is a symbol of the desperation many parents feel as they are trying to escape the evil taking over their lands. Evil that must be destroyed. Link
  • September 2 — Nuri Kino in his latest Huffington Post piece: Once I finished the call with the monk, I downloaded the movie he sent. What I see is horrible. A bomb falling in a dense residential area. Many children were playing. A child is running with half his head blown off. Another with shrapnel in her back. A third with a missing limb, and more, and more. One of them, a little girl, is looking straight into the phone camera. The innocent sorrow and horror in her eyes convey in my own, as tears roll down my cheeks. There will be 122 children accommodated in the Little Angel orphanage. Like the tears I shed for the little girl, it is just one drop in the ocean. But it begets a tremendous important step -- beginning a journey of hope. The hope to save innocent little angels, victims of heinous wars and terrorism. As you read this, I hope you will want to help too. Link
  • August 29 — "Can we live with ISIS?" asked Swedish Broadcasting's current affairs program KONFLIKT this weekend, discussing what life is really like in areas of Iraq and Syria under the terrorist group ISIS rule. The founder of ADFA, Middle East and minority expert Nuri Kino was brought in for commentary, arguing that the world can never accept or be complacent about the extremist' attempt to create a caliphate of terror. (Radio show in Swedish) Link
  • August 27 — Urgent action demanded by the international community to save girls and women kidnapped by terrorists Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström now says she will personally attempt to convene an emergency meeting at the UN Security Council and demand urgent action by the international community to combat IS crimes against humanity. This comes after she was challenged in a column by Jenny Nordberg of Svenska Dagbladet’ (SvD Swedish daily) — as Sweden is the only country in the world with a declared feminist foreign policy. Nordberg wrote that Wallstrom had been remarkably silent on the issue of IS crimes against women and girls. Link
  • August 25 — Building hope in days of darkness A charity Gala in Stockholm, Sweden raised 500,000 USD. The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchy is opening an orphanage in Syria, and the Patriarch (Mor Aphrem Karim II) asked philanthropist and entrepreneur Gunilla von Platen and A Demand For Action's Nuri Kino to help them realize it. A Demand For Action (ADFA) is very proud to have been part of the project. Below an article in the Swedish Daily Newspaper (Svenska Dagbladet) translated to English by ADFA. Link
  • August 23 — Yesterday, in the British daily national newspaper The Times, ADFA's Nuri Kino was interviewed about the destruction of Mar Elian monastery in Quryatain, Syria. The article tells of how Quryatain has been a centre of religious co-operation and harmony for centuries and it tells the history of Mar Elian. Nuri Kino says in the article "It is a very holy place because of its work for humanity. It is a monastery with huge symbolic value." The article also tells how the community of Mar Elian is the latest to be targeted by Isis. The fate of the Quryatain hostages is unclear. Nuri Kino says in the article: "We are being eradicated. Our history, our archeology, our ethnicity, our religion, are being destroyed and our souls are broken seeing that. They are trying to erase history so that no one will know these people were here." If you are a subscriber of The Times you can read the full article here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/…/w…/middleeast/article4534640.ece Link
  • August 21 — We are humbled and grateful for this morning's piece in national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet about our hugely successful charity gala last night! In English: By: Anders Q Björkman Stockholm charity gala laid the foundation for orphanage in Syria. What can we do about the civil war in Syria? It is difficult to navigate in a conflict with a dictator on one side and jihadist terror on the other. Squeezed between them are groups like the Kurds, but also minorities like yazidis and Christian Assyrians / Syriacs. So can we do anything at all about this human suffering? Link
  • August 19 — For several months now A Demand For Action has helped the philantrophist and entrepreneur Gunilla von Platen and others in a committee of volunteers in Stockholm, to organize a gala aimed at helping the Syriac-Orthodox Patriarche Mor Aphrem Karim II build an orphanage in Syria. On Thursday the 20th of August (tomorrow), Gunilla von Platen will be hosting this charity gala in Stockholm. The list of confirmed speakers and artists is amazing as is the list of items which will be auctioned off. Below is an interview with Nuri Kino in the Newspaper Länstidningen in Södertälje, Sweden. "The aim of the gala is to provide a home to 120 children in Syria. Nuri Kino is one of the initiators of this charity event whose income will directly go to constructing an orphanage in Syria. "It's terrible what’s happening in Syria. Millions of people fleeing, children and women are kidnapped. There is no water, no medicine", says Nuri Kino. Link
  • August 14 — Nuri Kino in his latest text in Huffington Post: Yesterday, I spoke with a church in Homs, Syria. Thousands of Christians have fled the city after 227 Syriac Orthodox individuals were kidnapped by ISIS in Qaryatain, a town nearby. The leaders of the church are in panic, there is chaos in all the churches in Homs as people arrive in flocks. They need water, food and medicine. The refugees arrived with only the clothes on their backs as they fled. We at A Demand for Action asked for photos of the newly arrived. The horror on the faces of the refugees, the fatigue in their bodies, and the cry for help in their eyes leaves no one indifferent. Something else that will not leave our minds are the fighting spirits of the priests, monks and nuns. They run from one to the other. They carry, work, and toil. They hug, kiss, and comfort the refugees. Link
  • August 13 — In a Swedish newspaper Dagen interview, Nuri Kino ADFA founder pleads to the world for help regarding the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq. There is a translation of the report that explain the desperate situation whereby Christians and other religious minorities of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Plains were forced to flee their homes to the Northern Iraq Kurdish controlled areas and to Jordan and Turkey due to militant jihadists of the Islamic State. In creating the organization “A Demand for Action”, Nuri Kino has tried to call for action from the international community to put an end to the ISIS depredations. Nuri Kino explains that ISIS has become more violent after the kidnap of 227 Syrians Orthodox Christians and fleeing of thousands of people to churches and monasteries, thus creating an influx of refugees. Despite this outcry for help, nothing much has been done to assist these desperate refugees. Nuri calls upon Christians throughout the world to help their Christian brothers and sisters. Link
  • August 12 — ADFA US Spokesman Nathan Kalasho shares the emotional experience of breaking the news ISIS had taken over TelKaif to his dad: A little bit of silence followed. It was unusual, because my dad was always especially alert, in person or on the phone. But then I began to hear the quivers… “Those animals. They took my town. They took Tel-Keppe.” The crying was something I couldn’t take. My dad, the most powerful man I knew, the man who could pierce your skin by the look in his eyes, was crying hysterically. “It’ll be fine dad. This is temporary. Tel-Keppe is timeless.” More crying. I dug my face into my hands, felt the stinging sensation of tears rolling down my cheeks. Hopelessness. “My house, my church, my school. These cowards…these cowards.” Link
  • August 8 — ADFA Representative Linda Michael questions the silence of most of the world's media following the kidnapping of 250 Syriac Assyrians from Homs and why instead of being able to commemorate Simele, we find ourselves entrenched in even more ethnic - cleansing: "And where was the world media? The same media that raged when a dentist shot a lion or sent itself into a frenzy when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced they were getting divorced. Whilst we found ourselves steeped in another ethnic-cleansing, the major publications were busy speculating on what dress Jennifer Aniston wore to her wedding. They were falling all over themselves trying to come up with clever alliterations for the Clinton-Kardashian selfie. They were mourning Australia’s loss in the cricket." Link
  • August 7 — In commemoration of Martyr's Day and in honour of Simele, we are sharing all publications relating to Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean genocides. ADFA's Nuri Kino is quoted in this Renascença article which details a genocide which began before 1915 and continues to this day. Link
  • August 7 — Christian Today quotes ADFA's Nuri Kino as they report on the abduction of 250 Syriac Assyrians from the Homs province in Syria: "Founder of campaign group A Demand for Action (ADFA) Nuri Kino confirmed that those missing are all from the Syriac Orthodox or Syriac Catholic churches, and the number known to have been taken is steadily increasing." Link
  • August 7 — NBC News on Qaryatain-abductions: 'Some 230 Christians were missing after clashes in and around the village of Qaryatain in central Syria, said Nuri Kino, the President of Demand for Action, which works on behalf of Syrian religious minorities. The list of those missing was compiled by members of the church in the city of Homs who were helping around 1,500 villagers fleeing the onslaught, added Kino. Those who had emerged from the battlefield were in dire need of help, he added. "People need medicine, they need water, they need food," Kino said. "The churches are overwhelmed with traumatized, scared villagers." ' Link
  • August 7 — Newsweek article on the current crisis of abducted Assyrian Syriacs from Qaryatain, Syria: ' "250 people are still missing. 1,500 people fled to the churches of Homs, water, medicine, food is needed immediately," he says. "They are tired, they are exhausted from fleeing. [Unidentified negotiators] are trying to negotiate and beg ISIS to release them since there are children and women among them who are innocent," he reveals. Kino says that the world is standing by while a "genocide" of Christians is taking place, and compares the reaction to the killing of Cecil the lion and the kidnap of Christians by ISIS. "We will not give up being a voice for these people," he continues. "It's devastating that a lot of people spoke up for [Cecil] the lion but the same people do not speak up for children being kidnapped and sold on markets." ' Link
  • August 7 — IBT Times updating their reports: "UPDATE: Nuri Kino, founder of ADFA, told IBTimes UK that the definitive number of Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholics kidnapped by IS is 250. The figure comes from local churches' records. He added that 1,500 people who had fled Qaryatain just arrived in Homs, where the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese has launched a desperate appeal for water, food and medecins. Kino said he spoke with two refugees who have family members missing and they were screaming "When will these atrocities against us stop?". 'We are obviously asking Isis to release these innocent people, but we're losing hope given what happened before in Syria,' Kino said. 'Around 222 people are kidnapped and we don't know anything about their whereabouts.' " Link
  • August 7 — Regarding the unfolding situation in Qaryatain, Syria, initial reports received yesterday indicated that 150 persons were missing after the attack by terrorist group ISIS. New information is however emerging and we update you as soon as it is is available, beginning with the linked piece in The Daily Mail, in which ADFA media spokesperson Diana Yaqco is quoted: "Diana Yaqco, a spokesman for A Demand for Action, a global initiative seeking protection for for Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs and other ethnoreligious minorities in the Middle East - said sources had confirmed that about 300 families had managed to flee the area but about 150 people had been kidnapped. She told MailOnline: 'The main concern is sexual slavery, mass executions and beheadings.' " Link
  • August 6 — As we prepare to mark the anniversary of the Simele Massacre on the 7th August, ADFA Representative, Diana Yaqco, writes about a painful past which keeps repeating and the uncertain future facing Assyrians/Syriac/Chaldeans: "With the anniversary of the gruesome Simele massacre (1933) coming up on 7th of August, I am again reminded of the sad history our nation owns. Executions followed by mass exodus and much more. We have been made strangers in our lands, looted of our history and now face another ethno religious cleansing. Some say that this term might be used loosely, I disagree. It is exactly what is facing the vast majority of our people living in Iraq." Link
  • August 4 — Los Angeles Daily News interviews Ramond Takhsh, spokesman for the Assyrian Genocide Centennial Committee - Los Angeles; “The key component is to spread awareness about the genocide that took place in 1915, coupled with everything going on now,” he said. “It’s our duty to not let these experiences fall through the cracks of history. Hundreds of thousands of people gave their lives so that future generations like ours could live on. It’s a simple small thing we can do to give back.” And ADFA founder Nuri Kino; “As a policy group with volunteers from all over the world we are happy to see that our work gives results such as resolutions in European Parliament and in the U.S. Congress,” author and journalist Nuri Kino, founder of A Demand For Action, said Monday in an email statement. “It gives us hope and encourages us to keep fighting. We will not give up until IDPs (internally displaced persons) and refugees feel safe. Having said that, we are of course thankful to Sherman and the other politicians in D.C. who are trying to get help to our people in Syria and Iraq.” Link
  • August 1 — ----------Breaking--------- Congressman Brad Sherman of California announces a US resolution recognizing an unknown Assyrian genocide of 1933; the legislation will also highlight the current persecution in Khabour, Nineveh Plains, Aleppo and Kobane. Congressman Sherman, a leading member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, along with Republican lead sponsor Dave Trott of Michigan, want the US government to recognize the massacre of 3000 Assyrians in Simele, Iraq in 1933. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Republican of Nebraska, are also original sponsors of the resolution. A Demand For Action's role in helping craft the resolution is highlighted, as well as our partners in this effort, the Armenian National Committee of America. Link
  • July 30 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino reports from Turkey; "They stare at you, it's so scary. Why do they do that?" My friend is worried when Jendarma, Turkish security forces, are looking toward me. I suddenly realize that I have a black backpack. I always carry work with me. It is high alert in Turkey again and such a backpack may give the impression of a suicide bomber. The Jendarma calmed down when I gently approach them and explain that it's a computer, a few notepads, and a camera in the bag. Seconds later, we're having a discussion with one of the policemen. He's in his early 20s, asking me if I've seen the news on how a sister screams that she wants her brother back. Her brother was also a police officer and had been killed by the PKK. On another TV program the mother of another dead police officer jumps into the hearse and lies beside her son's coffin. She wanted to be with her son during his last journey. The images are incredibly powerful. The young police that I talk to has tears in his eyes and is strained. Link
  • July 24 — A year on from the invasion of Mosul, ADFA representative, Linda Michael writes about revisiting the heartbreaking first images that came out of Iraq and the responsibility we all carry to help those who are caught in this war of terror: "...what made time stand still for me was revisiting the first photo I ever saw after the invasion. It must have been taken shortly after they had arrived at St Joseph’s in Ankawa. Pew after pew of my people, each with a different stage of grief etched into their face. Each time I look at that picture, I see someone else’s pain – pain that is now over a year old. Like the man in the third pew, covering his eyes as he cries. Or the mother in the first pew, fighting her own exhaustion as her child sleeps on her shoulder. Two elderly ladies sit behind her, lost in thoughts of disbelief." Link
  • July 22 — In what culminates a tireless year of advocacy, and commences our continued pursuit of rights and safety for our ethnic community, A Demand for Action want to highlight the latest piece from the New York Times - a detailed and concise report which details the persecution and ethno-religious cleansing of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people. This story has been in the works for months, a testament to the work of the members at ADFA and others involved. Dedicated commitment, public awareness and advocacy is our greatest ally, as evidenced in the global galvanization of our diaspora communities, in hopes to salvage the morale and convictions of our brethren in Iraq, Syria and greater Middle East. We ask: "How much longer can we flee before we and other minorities become a story in a history book?’’ A question posed for all. A question we must answer. A question being asked by children starving, mothers crying, fathers bracing and culture dying. Link
  • July 22 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) founder Nuri Kino writes about a revealing meeting with a Turkisk administrator. She hadn't heard about Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans before. They were never mentioned. "It feels like I'm the perpetrator, as if it is I who has kidnapped and killed. I have gone to the best schools in the country, researched at one of the better universities. "You are our country's shame, the fact that you don't even exist in teaching materials means I can never trust research again." Link
  • July 21 — With tears in his eyes, the renowned Polish journalist and writer, Witold Gadowski reports from Suruc in eastern Turkey after speaking to ADFA’s Nuri Kino over the phone. He says that over 30 people are estimated to have been killed, at least 80 are wounded and people everywhere are in a panic trying to find their children, siblings and friends who had gathered from all over Turkey to show solidarity with the victims of terrorist group ISIS in Kobane, Syria. Two people are supposed to have been involved in the terror attack on the rally: A suicide bomber, a young woman in her twenties, and a man who was arrested fleeing the murder scene. Suruc was once the main supply of ISIS terrorists in to Syria. They came to the Turkish border city to be smuggled to places like Kobane and fight for ISIS. That has since been stopped by the Turkish military and this might have served as a motive for the attack on the group of youths. Today there have been clashes between the Turkish military and ISIS. This is a new phase of the war of Syria and Iraq. We can only hope that it will also change the Turkish President’s view of ISIS. Link
  • July 21 — IBTimes reports: “At the moment, Islamic State is leaving mines in almost every battlefield because of [a] fear of losing battleground,” said Diana Yaqco, the media-relations manager at A Demand for Action, a group focused on protecting the rights of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs in the region. The extremist group formerly known as ISIS has planted land mines across its territories in Syria and Iraq. Militants have reportedly hidden mines in civilian homes, on farms, in fields and among ancient ruins. When Fatima, whose name has been changed for security reasons, opened her refrigerator, she found an undetonated land mine on her vegetable shelf. At least 15 fighters have been killed while dismantling explosives, most them from the YPG. The MFS and Demand for Action claimed that forces there have not received external help. Link
  • July 19 — In a touching blog post A Demand For Action's Canada Representative Romeina Oppedisano reminds us of the kidnapping of 3 years old Christina that a couple of days ago turned 4. Oppedisano tells the story of the IDP's and refugees of Iraq and Syria due her own personal one. "All the pain and anguish that I felt in June was repeated when the brutal terrorist group ISIS attacked the Nineveh Plain. 150,000 Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs were displaced, fleeing for their lives, again. What made things worse was that some of the newly displaced had originally fled Mosul and before that from somewhere else and. … It never ends." "Being a mom I found myself identifying with other mothers. I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to go through this tragedy having small kids. As images and stories circulated through social media, I came across a story of a little girl named Christina Khader Abada. She was only 3 years old but always helped guide her blind father." Link
  • July 19 — An important testimony about the destiny of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs in the Middle East. From the genocide of 1915 to the current one, eyewitness testimonies in Russian told by Hanna Bit Murad of ADFA Russia/Georgia. The video was produced by the prestigious organization Caucasian House. “I speak about the Assyrian community in Georgia and Russia, about the arrival of the first Assyrian families to Tiflis (Tbilisi) in 1828 and the massive exodus of our people from Turkey and Iran in 1915. After saying some words about the traditions and the problem of assimilation I come to actual problems in Middle East. I speak about my friends from Baghdeda who are now displaced and live in Ankawa. After that I talk about my trip to Iraq this April and my impressions.” From the organization’s website: The mission of the Caucasian House is to create ideological and intellectual foundations for a peaceful development and cultural integration of the Caucasus; to contribute to Georgia’s multi-ethnic nation-building; to spread universal, humanistic, and civic education; to encourage intercultural dialogue and to build connections between different ethnic and religious minorities. For more information: http://www.caucasianhouse.ge/en/ Link
  • July 11 — Washington D.C.-based human rights organization, International Christian Concern quotes Nuri Kino as they explore the plight of the Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaleans in the Middle East, and their fate as the ancient community faces yet another genocide: "Within minutes, tens of thousands of people fled their homes," Nuri Kino, founder of A Demand for Action, explained to International Christian Concern (ICC). Islamic State militants entered the city (Hassakeh) by the southern neighborhoods reigniting familiar fears and terror for the largely Assyrian Christian population. Families, some seeking only temporary refuge in the city, faced the decision of chancing death and abduction or running north. Link
  • July 10 — --BREAKING--- This morning, July 9th, thanks to the tireless efforts of Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois on behalf of our people, the Senate Appropriations committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill, which includes several provisions for additional funding to support religious minorities, including Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians in the Nineveh Plains. The bill authorizes $20 Million to promote religious freedoms, including an additional $5 Million for the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. A Demand for Action first met with Ambassador Saperstein in February, shortly after he stepped into his new role, and have been working with him since then to work towards the protection of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians and other minorities, and securing this additional funding will allow the International Religious Freedom office to expand their work on behalf of our people. The bill also authorizes an additional $1 Million dollars to fund the Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Middle East, and calls for the President to appoint this duly authorized position in a expedited manner. Additionally, the committee expressed their support for the vulnerable minorities in the Nineveh Plains by stipulating that a portion of funds be used to help the Christian Communities there, among others. The official statement from the Appropriations committee can be seen here, and the full text and report will be published here as soon as they become available. A Demand for Action will continue our work with the committee and Senate leadership to ensure this bill receives a swift vote from the full Senate in the near future, as the final passage of this bill will make great strides in supporting a brighter future for our people. Link
  • July 6 — A novel, a genocide and charity Few authors can say, some years after their novel had been published, “I could see it coming.” Two such authors are prize winning journalist Nuri Kino (founder of A Demand For Action) and novelist David Kushner. In their novel “The Line In The Sand” they virtually predicted the emergence of the IS and the subsequent slaughter of the small religious and ethnic communities in Northern Iraq. Seen through the eyes of a kidnapped TV journalist, she witnesses a beheading and the savage attempts to destroy a small Christian Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac community living near Mosul. She hears the prediction of a jihadi gang leader that the entire Middle East would soon explode in hatred. Shortly thereafter massacre the small ethnic and religious communities that had been living in Iraqi for thousands of years. Based on over 200 interviews from refugees and victims of the persecutions the authors describe the fear and threats of living under the jihadi menace that would shortly emerge as the Islamic State, the IS. Nuri has decided that his portion of the proceeds will go toward the construction of the Little Angel orphanage in Syria. Link
  • July 2 — ANB one year anniversary special on A Demand for Action: In the year since our team came together, in response to the ISIS invasion of Mosul, laws and resolutions have been passed in Washington, DC and Brussels supporting a Safe Haven and local security for the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people, and much needed humanitarian aid has been secured for our suffering people in Iraq and Syria. Our activists have been quoted over 3,000 times in local, national, and international media, and our social media team has transformed from a small campaign to grassroots movement which is now an acclaimed human rights organization. How did all this happen? ANB tells the story in a 90 minute broadcast where you will meet our team from Syndey to Sweden, London to Washington, DC. Link
  • July 1 — A Demand For Action founder Nuri Kino has a cross tattooed on his right arm. It has led to loud discussions at a café in Tunisia, to threats in a Syrian village, condescending words in a Swedish edition, but it might also have helped him from getting arrested in Ethiopia. Today he writes about the tattoo in Huffington Post. He asks questions like: Can you be an investigative journalist and have a tattoo on your arm? Link
  • June 26 — Hassake A Demand For Action has spoken to an aid worker in Hassake who says that more then 40 000 people are displaced within the city and that more then 10 000 have fled to Qamishly and other nearby cities. ”It’s a bit calmer today but most of those we speak to want to flee their city. They believe that the fighting is only going to escalate and that ISIS will send more people to Hassake, as the city is strategically very important to them. ISIS already has control over some parts of the city. The Syrian Army, Syrian-Kurdish-led forces (YPG) and Syriac Military Council (MFS) are doing their utmost to take back the parts of the city controlled by ISIS. There are also Syrian airstrikes, but we don’t know how much that will help.”
  • June 26 — A Demand for Action Executive Director joins EWTN Nightly News to discuss the crisis facing Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. The hostage situation in Khabor, destruction of ancient sites, and the need for direct US military intervention are discussed. The interview begins at 13:40. Link
  • June 25 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) Nuri Kino's exclusive interview with a doctor in the front lines of Kobane quoted in a report by UK's Daily Mail: The report describes ISIS' assault on the city and the devastation and merciless killings brought on by the IS on the innocent people of Kobane. In the interview the Doctor tells A Demand for Action "Right now I have changed my doctor’s tools to a machine gun...I am helping our soldiers to eliminate the threat, I am more needed here now than in hospitals. We are less then 150 meters away from an ISIS stronghold - a section of the city they took over this morning" Link
  • June 25 — -----------Breaking--------------- After losing the Khabour area, Kobane and Tel Abiad in Northern Syria, ISIS is now trying to enlargen their Caliphate in other cities to make sure they don't lose geopolitical ground. The Assyrian Monitor For Human Rights reports: Mass migration of families from the Syrian city of Hassake is taking place after ISIS took over many of its neighborhoods. June 25th, 2015 The Assyrian Monitor For Human Rights were informed that fierce clashes started in the Syrian city of Hassaka between ISIS terrorists and Syrian army supported by government militias (Patriotic Defense), Ba’ath Brigade and other governmental militias. Heavy weaponry have been used in addition to ISIS sending suicide vehicles. Meanwhile, the government airforce was bombarding the areas that ISIS took over and other areas which ISIS was able to infiltrate." Many reliable sources assured A Demand For Action and the Assyrian Monitor For Human Rights that the Islamic State are controling some of the neighborhoods in the city of Hassake which is the provincial capital of the region. Many ethnicities live in this city. Arabs, Kurds, and Assyrian/Syriac Christians.
  • June 25 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) founder Nuri Kino quoted in a UNPO report: "The implication being that, according to the Caliphate rules, when the Islamists have taken control of the area, they have the right to kill those who go in and claim the buildings. Those include, the actual owners who were sent to flee by the terrorists," explained Nuri Kino, worker with the A Demand for Action group. Link
  • June 23 — A year ago, a social media campaign was started with one single post from Nuri Kino on FB but now is has become one of the most successful local movements that has helped in passing of resolutions in Washington DC and Brussels and has been quoted more than 3000 times on local and international media. A Demand for Action expresses its gratitude to all media organizations, journalists all those that have worked in covering the people’s community matters especially in Syria and Iraq.
  • June 23 — Tune in to Assyrian National Broadcasting special on the 1 yr anniversary of A Demand For Action Tuesday, June 23, 7 PM (PST) via live stream at http://www.anbsat.com/watch-live/ Link
  • June 19 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) founder Nuri Kino quoted in Christian Post: "The implication being that, according to the Caliphate rules, when the Islamists have taken control of the area, they have the right to kill those who go in and claim the buildings. Those include, the actual owners who were sent to flee by the terrorists," explained Nuri Kino, worker with the A Demand for Action group. "The whole area had been sprayed with these texts." The relief worker said that over two-thirds of the indigenous Christian population in Iraq has been displaced since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, a situation he now sees being repeated in Syria. Link
  • June 18 — Swedish magazine, Inblick (Insight) spoke to Nuri Kino, A Demand For Action Founder, about what has happened to Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs over the last year at the hands of ISIS as well as the mines and threats the terrorist group left behind after they were driven out of Khabour in Syria by Assyrian/Syriac (MFS) and Kurdish militia (YPG). "When the Islamists invaded Mosul on June 10th last year, the phone rang and I didn't have any desire to answer it. I was tired, worn out and without any energy after just returning from Syria." Kino remembers. "But my mother urged me to take the call because it came from the Middle East, and when I finally answered, I heard explosions, machine guns and loud voices shouting "Allah Akhbar". A scared mans voice said: "They're inside." Link
  • June 17 — -----------Breaking----------- On Monday, A Demand for Action Executive Director, Steven Oshana, met with President Obama’s National Security Council staff at the White House to discuss the current status of operations in Iraq and continue the process of getting support to Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs through our legislation. Today, three members of Congress, who had met with Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes a few days prior to Steven's meeting at the White House, released an official statement regarding their own discussion with the President's advisers where they reiterated A Demand For Action’s policy objectives, specifically the need to support local Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac security forces, and received a positive response from the National Security Council. Link
  • June 16 — Jenny Stanton, Daily Mail UK, interviews Diana Yaqco, ADFA (A Demand For Action) Australia, to cover the extreme and deliberate measures taken by ISIS in order to prevent inhabitant of Khabour in Syria from returning to their homes. Additionally, the terrorist group has gone so far as to plant bombs in homes as well as field mines in the crop fields and has vandalized the properties of inhabitants by scrawling obscene messages inside the walls of their homes. Suroyo TV provided pictures from Khabour. Link
  • June 13 — -----------Breaking------------- In a broad acknowledgement of the impact violence in Iraq and Syria is having on Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians and other minorities, the U.S. Appropriations committee in the House of Representatives today released their report explaining the budget for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, highlighting an increase in aid for humanitarian, resettlement, and security purposes. The Appropriations committee allotted robust funding for Migration and Resettlement programs in Iraq and Syria, specifically mentioning the need to provide assistance to Christian communities. Link
  • June 12 — One year ago Mosul fell to the terrorist group ISIS. "Convert, pay or die", they said. All non-Sunni Muslims were forced to flee. In his latest report, ADFA (A A Demand For Action)founder, Nuri Kino, travels back ten years in time and illustrates how Christians have been forced to leave Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Thousands continue to hide in Sweden, in fear of being forcibly deported. Kino meets with several of them, reading their asylum cases, finding devastating lack of know-how among Swedish officials. Link
  • June 10 — ISIS Destroys Ancient Iraqi Christian Church and Turns It Into 'Mosque of the Mujahideen' for Islamic Jihadists One of Mosul's largest Christian churches is being destroyed and turned into a mosque for Islamic State jihadists. Link
  • June 10 — Islamic State to turn historic Mosul church into a mosque for its fighters Islamic State is to convert one of the largest churches in Mosul, the Syrian Orthodox Church of St Ephraim, into a mosque for its radical fighters Link
  • June 10 — Reports that Isis intend to convert Mosul Syriac Orthodox church into a mosque. Newsweek reports: As a sign of their intention to convert the religious building, the militants have removed the cross from the church's dome, emptied the church of all of its furniture to sell on and used buildings within the premises to base their "state council" last year, the news agency reported. Nuri Kino, founder and president of A Demand For Action, a group advocating the protection of ethnoreligious minorities such as Assyrians and Yazidis in the Middle East, says that the continuous attacks on Christian symbols by Isis shows that the group are continuing in their attempt to "cleanse" their caliphate. "If so, it's a scary development, until now they have bombed or, in other ways, destroyed churches but when they change [the church to a mosque], it feels more definite," he says. Link
  • June 1 — --------Breaking------ Silence After The Storm is a new documentary by Sargon Saadi, shot on the front lines in Khabour, Syria; in the IDP camps in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq, and in the abandoned villages on the mountains of Hakkari in eastern Turkey. It takes you on a reflective journey through the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac genocide in a unique sense of artistry. The film is co-sponsored by A Demand For Action along with Akkad Saadi (Kanusoft) and Mesopotamian Night. Savina Dawood, represent for ADFA in Iraq, is featured in the film in an inspirational scene. To be premiered on Aug 7th, 2015. Link
  • May 30 — Reading books and saving lives, all in the same library Another must read by A Demand For Action's funder Nuri Kino. In this report he shows the daily life of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs that came decades ago and those that are newly arrived from Iraq and Syria and how they all are affected by the ongoing genocide. The public library in Södertälje, a small town outside Stockholm, turns to a place where, for example, human trafficking is discussed loudly. The report shows the panic, the frustration and desperation of the victims of the wars in Middle East. Link
  • May 28 — ADFA has translated an exclusive interview made with H.H. Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II by the Swedish Newspaper Dagen. Patriarch urges Sweden: “Give us aid.” One of the world’s most influential church leaders is now visiting Sweden. He aims to get acquainted with the Syriac Orthodox Church’s members and to appeal for increased Swedish involvement in the vulnerable situation of the Christians in the Middle East. Link
  • May 28 — ”Thank you for everything you do, your lobbying is much appreciated. A published report or a passed resolution is invaluable”, said H.H. Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, when he addressed ADFA this morning. Today, ADFA Sweden along with Assyrians Without Borders (AUG) met with Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and Archbishop Dinoysius Jean Kawak, the patriarchal assistant, from Damascus, Syria. Link
  • May 27 — ADFA representative and Head of International Affairs Izla Rhawi has partnered with Amnesty to write an article that has been published and circulated amongst the Human Rights sector, including to members of the UN Security Council. It expands on the events that unfolded when the villages around the Khabour river in Syria were attacked. The article includes testimonies from witnesses who had to flee, but the article also mentions how disappointing it is that the international community has not done enough to secure the release of the hostages. You can also download the article as a PDF from this webpage: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde24/1723/2015/en/ Link
  • May 27 — ------Breaking--------- ADFA is delighted to announce that a parliamentarian resolution, with which we have been involved in its research and development, may be presented to the UN Security Council. The resolution was passed in the European parliament earlier this year. Today, this letter was submitted to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to his speech before the European Parliament. The letter expresseses the expectation of immediate and concrete action from the UN - and especially the Security Council - in the form of a resolution pertaining to the persecution of Middle East Christians. It highlights the importance of the creation of a safe haven for Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs in the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq. We want especially thank MEP's Lars Adaktusson and Michèle Alliot-Marie for their tireless work for Christians in the Middle East. Link
  • May 26 — ADFA attends a conference on Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and Copts at the prestigious St Andrews University in Scotland. ADFA was presented as one of the key organizations, and a leading one when it comes to social media campaigns and lobbyism for Christians and other indigenous people of Iraq and Syria. Nuri Kino was part of a panel on Internal Dynamics. Therese Isho from Matwa, The Democratic Committee for Chaldeans/Syriacs/Assyrians in Denmark was part of a panel on Transnational Actors. The Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe (DIMECCE) project team are hosting a conference entitled ‘Middle Eastern Christians in Diaspora: Past and Present, Continuity and Change’ which will examine the experiences of Middle Eastern Christian migrants from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Link
  • May 26 — On Saturday, a group of professionals and ADFA supporters in Illinois/US, met with their representative in Illinois, Congressman Robert Dold to discuss the crisis facing the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people and look for ways the Congressman can address our plight. In consultation with A Demand for Action Executive Director, Steve Oshana, the group of activists asked the Congressman to support H.Res 139, H.R. 1150, as well support their proposed language regarding Assyrian persecution in the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.R. 154). Link
  • May 25 — Following the disclosure made by ADFA founder Nuri Kino regarding the decision made in the municipality of Stockholm that terrorists and war criminals could gain an advantage in the housing and employment queues, the decision makers have now changed their mind about the decision following an outrage in the media and amongst the public. According to the article the decision makes are now willing to discuss and amend the strategy. Link
  • May 23 — ADFA US Executive Director, Steve Oshana appears on the conference about Seyfo. This video is the third part of a conference entitled "The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow " which took place on March 28, 2015. It includes the following speakers and topics: "The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It's Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara" Steven Oshana Executive Director, A Demand for Action "Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East" Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center This conference was co-sponsored by The Institute of World Politics, Mastrapa Consultants and the Political Developments Research Center. Link
  • May 22 — Christian Today writes: "All the villages along the Khabour River have been liberated," Father Emanuel Youkhana told Catholic News Service... According to Father Youkhana, clergy have already begun returning to their villages. Father Bakos, of Tal Tamar village, "rang the church bell to celebrate," he said" ADFA is also quoted in this report. Link
  • May 21 — ADFA representative, Dr Klaudia Jumaa, writes a first-hand account of ADFA's lifesaving lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill; "I discussed the public health concern of communicable diseases in IDP camps, especially the water-borne illnesses to be expected in the coming summer months. I described the difficulties facing chronic disease sufferers including shortages of medicines and inadequate medical care, resulting in preventable medical complications and sequelae. I explained what it’s like for IDP women and girls, especially those who are pregnant and are at hugely increased risks for peripartum complications" Link
  • May 19 — This morning, European time, ADFA founder Nuri Kino wrote a report on his Facebook page that later was published on the Swedish Daily News editorial and several other media outlets followed. Kino's report went viral on all social media and might change a decision that was taken in the municipality of Stockholm. (english version: https://www.facebook.com/DemandforAction/posts/417324105113730) Link
  • May 13 — ADFAs representative Steve Oshana was quoted by the reporter at "the Voice of San Diego" in an article published in Huffington Post. This article went viral. Link
  • May 11 — Assyrian Safe Haven In Nineveh: Resolution To Protect Iraqi Minorities From ISIS Approved In EU Link
  • May 9 — A Century of Genocide Nuri Kino, award-winning journalist and founder of A Demand For Action, recounts the astonishing story of his grandmother who survived the 1915 Seyfo Genocide against religious and ethnic minorities by the Ottoman empire. Speaking of Seyfo was, as Kino explains, taboo as the victims wished to spare their children the horrors they endured. Like Kino’s parents, many Christians and other minorities immigrated to Europe and North America to escape Islamist persecution. Tragically, history is once again repeating itself as the Islamic State carries out its ethnic cleansing of today’s Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs. Watch as Kino encourages us to break our silence to prevent another genocide. Link
  • May 7 — Watch ADFA executive director Steve Oshana address the Seyfo (1915 genocide) centennial event in Chicago, IL on April 24th. He approached the audience with a simple message of unity, love, and a promise that ADFA will never yield in our march towards justice. Link
  • May 5 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino in a new strong report in Huffington Post; I was in church with two young men who celebrated Easter with my family, one who fled from Syria and one who fled from Jordan, both victims of Islamist hatred against non-Muslims. Outside the church they meet a third young man. They had all lived together in Turkey for a short time. They ask when he arrived, where his father is... He bursts into tears, the father drowned in a refugee boat, at least he thinks so, he hasn't heard from the father since a refugee boat trip. But he survived. Every day new Assyrians / Syriacs / Chaldeans from Syria arrive in Södertalje. 30,000 of Södertalje's 80,000 residents already belong to the same nation. They have fled crisis and wars in the Middle East, they fled genocide which has been going on for one hundred years. Link
  • May 2 — Newsweek reports about the hostage crisis in Khabour, North East Syria. ADFA is quoted in the article; The terror group are now demanding that the Assyrian community pays $23m (£14.97m) for the hostages and have said the Assyrians will face an Islamic court, believed to be located in the group's de-facto capital of Raqqa, where they are now awaiting trial. We offered to pay the Jizya required for each individual, but they unfortunately refused," he says. "Most of the assistance was to come from the collection from overseas individuals but they refused. At the end, they told us not to contact them anymore unless the money is available, and we don't have the money that's for sure." Link
  • May 1 — 19 minutes and 15 seconds of silence at Swedish football game Syrianska v Assyriska to commemorate Seyfo year 1915. Link
  • April 30 — Catholic Herald reports about the hostage situation, quoting ADFA. Link
  • April 28 — A Voice For The Unheard - Help Us Help Them Sören Groth Petersen, musician and founder of Beats4Change Foundation "I lived in Södertälje in Sweden for almost 15 years, and thus became familiar with the Assyrians/Syriac people, and their fate. Then I'm married to a beautiful woman from Nigeria, and we have relatives targeted by Boko Haram. Since Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Daesh, it make sense to me, to combine these two dire situations, the fate of the Christians in Northern Nigeria, and the fate of the Assyrians/Syriac.” LISTEN, PRAY, SHARE. Beats4Change releases FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE Vol. I. A compilation of music, donated by concerned artists. All proceeds are donated to help the displaced Christian minorities targeted by jihadist violence around the world via NIGERIA CRISIS FUND (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and A DEMAND FOR ACTION (Christians in Syria and Iraq) Beats4Change is a cooperative network where musicians can use their voice and tone to raise awareness and funding for positive change in this world. It is a project-oriented network in which people contribute their creative skills to raise awareness and funding for sustainable development of caring communities in which every member can live a dignified life and is respected as a valuable contributor to the process. A sincere thank you to Soren Peterson and Beats4Change. https://youtu.be/Ftrf5y14EB4 Buy the album here --> http://www.beats4change.org/logos/ Video credit: Edvin Edisho Link
  • April 27 — Rallies to commemorate the 100 years of ‪#‎Seyfo‬ have been held in many cities across the world. A Demand For Action has been a part of many of them. ADFA's founder Nuri Kino made a powerful & emotional speech at a Swedish rally (English subtitle). Link
  • April 24 — Nuri Kino, founder of ADFA, is published on the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dabladets editorial today, they also link to his and Yawsef Beth Turo's film The Cry Unheard. From his personal FB; Today it is exactly 100 years ago the Ottoman Empire leaders decided to eradicate my people. My grandparents' fate is a well kept secret, they did not want their grandchildren to inherit their trauma. What they did not know, was that it would hit us twice as hard on the day they were gone and the truth was revealed to us. Beloved grandfathers, beloved, strong, kind-hearted grandmothers, if you had only told your story... You will never be silenced again. You will forever have a voice. I devoted two years into researching the genocide, 25 months of pain, ulcers and tears. The result was the film "The Cry Unheard" that was released 14 years ago, and today it is more important than ever. Hard work always pays off, sooner or later. Turkey can not continue to deny this genocide. Link
  • April 24 — In his latest article "I Will Raise My Voice and I Will Make My Song Fly, So That the Entire World Will Hear", Nuri Kino shares his own family's horrific Seyfo experience and gives us an insight into the brutality Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Armenians and Greeks suffered at the hands of the perpetrators in the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago. "My great-grandmother threw her daughter into the river, hoping her child's life would be saved. She herself was beheaded because she belonged to the wrong religion." Link
  • April 23 — In 1999-2001 A Demand For Action (ADFA) founder Nuri Kino and his colleague Yawsef Beth-Turo researched Seyfo, the genocide of 1915. The result of their work is a short film published in several languages. The film was first shown in the Krakow international film festival 14 years ago. Today, with the 100 year anniversary of the genocide, ”The Cry Unheard” is more relevant than never. This is a must see for anyone interested in history and geopolitics. It shows why the decision was taken to eradicate Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans and other non-Muslim minorities, and how the genocide affected those ethno-religious groups. Link
  • April 23 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino and his collagues Yawsef Beth Turo's film The Cry Unheard mentioned in the Swedish newspaper Dagen. The editorial is written by Editor in chief Felicia Ferreira, it ends with these words; "What will be the legacy of the 21st century? With today's information flow , we can not say we did not know. Tomorrow is exactly one hundred years ago the Armenian genocide of all Christians in the northeastern part of the Ottoman Empire began, and today a new genocide of Christians is going on against the grandchildren of those who remained and were saved from the threat of extinction, what will we say to them ? What do we do to stop the extinction?" Link
  • April 22 — Where are the abducted bishops? Two years ago today, Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo Ibrahim Hanna and Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji were abducted in Syria. With a current civil war forcing a near-impossible investigation, information on their whereabouts has been scarce. ADFA founder Nuri Kino and Assyrian/Syriac journalist David Vergili have published these pieces, with the help of attorney Erkan Metin, in hopes of gaining answers on the status of the Clergy and the perpetrators behind the kidnappings. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University is in The Huffington Post has written an open letter to the kidnappers. Link
  • April 20 — Breitbart reports; "Conservative newspaper Svenska Dagbladet carried a guest column by Swedish-Assyrian journalist Nuro Kino, who has won awards for his reporting on human rights issues highlighting the plight of minorities in Iraq and Syria. In his article he describes a trip to a Syrian man’s hairdressing salon where the hairdresser and other men in the salon, Christian Syrians and Assyrians who had fled religious persecution, voice passionate opposition to the Swedes’ policy of giving refugees purporting to be from Syria automatic permanent residency." Link
  • April 17 — ADFA's photohgrapher Allen Kakony is at the scene in Ankawa where these photos were taken. Ankawa has traditionally had a majority Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac population. After the fall of the Nineveh Plain, its population of 30 000 ballooned to 120 000 literally overnight after the exodus of Nineveh's Christians. Today, two bombs exploded near the US consulate. Link
  • April 15 — The Washington Post on how Christians who speak the language of Jesus are being uprooted by IS. ADFA founder Nuri Kino is quoted in the report. “Assyrians remain the last Aramaic-speaking of people of the world. So the disappearance and displacement of these people pretty much spells the closing chapter of Aramaic use in the world. Assyrians, also referred to as Chaldeans or Syriacs, consider themselves ethnically distinct from Arabs and Kurds, tracing back their roots in the region 6,500 years." Link
  • April 14 — MMA Latest reports about sports Celebrity Beneil Dariush. The article's title says it all; Beneil Dariush, A Fighter In and Out of the Cage. That's exactly what Beneil is. He fights hard to raise awarness about the ongoing genocide in Syria and Iraq. He fundraises for IDP's and refugees, he manages to put a smile on small children's faces in tents, in places he has never visited or seen. He reminds these victims that they are not forgotten. We are proud of having him among the A Demand For Action - ADFA - team. Below is a picture of him and Assyrian Aid Society's US president Ashur Sargon Eskrya. Link
  • April 13 — Gianluca Mezzofiore: "Nimrud levelled: Archeologist concerned that ancient Assyrian site of Khorsabad 'could be next'" Link
  • April 12 — At a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres, Pope Francis includes a mention of the Seyfo alongside the Armenian Genocide Link
  • April 11 — ADFA's media relations manager Diana Yacqo, tells Christian Today about concerns that ISIS will continue to demand even more money for hostages Link
  • April 9 — Netherlands officially recognises Seyfo, the genocide of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac and Armenian people Link
  • April 9 — Suzan Younan from ADFA chapter in California and Esho Nano Eshu from the Iraqi chapter join the team in Sweden to raise awareness about the genocide in Iraq and Syria Link
  • April 7 — ADFA's Executive Director, Steven Oshana, is invited to attend President Obama's annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast to cap off holy week and celebrate the resurrection of Christ . the issues of counter ISIS operations and the security and resettlement of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians are among the main topics discussed Link
  • April 5 — Terrorist group ISIS blow up Yuldath Aloho (Saint Mary's) monastery at Tel Nasri in Khabour/Syria.
  • April 4 — ADFA and Save Our Souls in Germany in joint events in Paderborn for recognition of Seyfo and the current genocide Link
  • April 4 — European Parliamentarian Lars Adaktusson and ADFA representatives from several countries were interviewed by ANB's corespondent Maryam Shamalta. Link
  • March 28 — Christian Today reports on the leading role ADFA has played in highlighting the plight of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East Link
  • March 28 — Swedish Newspaper, Dagen, interviews ADFA Founder Nuri Kino about the UN Security Council discussion on ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. Link
  • March 27 — His Holiness the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Louis Sako and Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, address the UN Security Council regarding the plight of the Christians of the Middle East. A Demand For Action (ADFA) organises a rally outside the UN building to raise awareness to the plight of the Christian Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people along with the Armenians, Yazidis and other minorities Link
  • March 26 — Swedish Daily interviews Nuri Kino on ADFA's efforts alongside the EU and UN to secure rights of ethno-religious minorities in Syria and Iraq Link
  • March 24 — ADFA team members Nuri Kino, Steve Oshana, Mardean Isaac, Nineveh Yakou and Diana Yaqco appear alongside Lars Adaktusson on Assyrian National Broadcoasting Channel
  • March 23 — The Republic of Armenia announces the adoption of a declaration officially recognizing the "Assyrian Genocide", Seyfo, in addition to that of the Greeks and Armenians, at the hands of Ottoman Turkey between 1915 and 1923. ADFA and the Armenian National Committee of America continue their joint efforts to find viable solutions to our common persecution in Iraq and Syria Link
  • March 21 — ADFA holds a rally in Vienna, Austria in support of Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs Link
  • March 20 — ISIS destroy religious shrines in Iraq including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian King. Diana Yaqco, ADFA representative is quoted in several newspapers: "This piece of history cannot be recreated," Link
  • March 18 — Terrorist gundown 21 people at Bardo museum in Tunis, where four ADFA team members are attending a Minority Rights Group conference Link
  • March 13 — Rally is held in support of Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs in Istanbul. Erkan Metin, lawyer, human rights activist, and ADFA Turkey representative speaks at the rally alongside ,Assyrians/Syriac parliamentarian, Erol Dora Link
  • March 12 — European Parliament votes in favour of creating a safe haven in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq for Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other minorities. Link
  • March 11 — In two hearings Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein, testify at two Senate committees in Washington DC on the plight of Assyrian/Syriacs/Chaldeans and the need for local security. Link
  • March 11 — Lars Adaktusson, European Member of Parliament, unveils a landmark bill aimed at protecting Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other minorities in Northern Iraq. ADFA collaborates with MP Adaktusson on the resolution Link
  • March 7 — Reports that ISIS have launched attacks on another two Assyrian villages in Khabour - Tel Nasri and Tel Maghas. This news comes after false rumours that the remaining Assyrian hostages were being released Link
  • March 6 — ADFA Representatives appear on various media outlets to talk about the heartbreaking destruction of Nimrud and other ancient Assyrian artefacts Link
  • February 28 — ADFA Founder, Nuri Kino, appears on Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine to plead with the world to aid and protect the Assyrians/Syriacs of Khabour. Link
  • February 26 — ADFA continues to be quoted in the world media. Members of the ADFA team, including Nuri Kino and Steve Oshana, travel to Capitol Hill to meet with politicians in order to discuss the situation in Syria and the plight of our people. Dressed in black as mourners, the team meets with Senator Ted Cruz’s office, Congressman David Trott's office, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Brad Sherman, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Ambassador David Saperstein (International Religious Freedom) at the State Department. Link
  • February 24 — Khabour is attacked. 35 Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean villages in Syria are under siege by ISIS. Reports filter through that hostages are taken and villagers are forced to flee. ADFA spends the rest of the day contacting news portals, tv stations, journalists and politicians to raise awareness of the situation and try to get help for the besieged. They are quoted in almost every major news portal the following day including CNN, New York Times, Sky News, Fox and AP Link
  • February 23 — Director Sargon Saadi discusses his successful film ”The Last Plight”, for which he interviewed IDPs in shelters in Erbil, Iraq, creating a vivid account of the existential plight facing the Assyrian and Yazidi people. ADFA and Assyrian Aid Society are mentioned in the interview. Link
  • February 14 — 4000 Yazidis children in an IDP camp in Northern Iraq were given toys by the ADFA-Iraq team. A co-op with HelpIraq, Swedish Specialist Hospital team and UPP. Link
  • February 14 — A Valentine Card was sent to A Demand For Action from Rimista in Tanzania Link
  • February 11 — Diana Yaqco media relations ADFA Australia reports that Islamic extremists have been arrested for plotting an attack in Fairfield, a suborb of Sydney with a large population of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people. Link
  • February 9 — Amanda Björkman at Dagens Nyheter writes about the most recent UN and quotes ADFA’s Savina Dawood Link
  • February 8 — Journalist Ramsen Shamon reports from ADFA's and Syriac League's speech in Chicago Link
  • February 8 — Singer and Assyrain star Linda George joins ADFA Link
  • February 4 — Afrem Barsom, ADFA in Germany, received information about a refugee woman stranded in Tanzania. Nuri Kino wrote a few lines on his Facebook status about her. Many people contacted us, they wanted to know more about her, they wanted to help her. Your Middle published the story. Link
  • February 4 — The Wall Street Journal cites A Demand For Action legislative achievement in amending the NDAA to include local security in the Nineveh Plains Link
  • February 1 — Ravi Singh from Khalsa Aid UK together with www.helpiraq.org and ADFA Iraq starts a new charity project. ADFA ambassadour Savina Dawood heads the project. Link
  • January 31 — Swedish Magazine Inblick (Insight) publishes a personal portrait of Nuri Kino Link
  • January 29 — Diana Yaqco, media relations ADFA Australia, interviews artist, activist and human rights advocate Ramos Jacob. Link
  • January 25 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino publishes a new blog post in Huffington Post Link
  • January 25 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino publishes an article about Seyfo in Svenska Dagbladet Link
  • January 23 — The amazing artist Ramos Jakob reminds us how important the fight is. The video of his latest song "Under Fire", according to him inspired by ADFA’s movement, is moving and invaluable - it highlights the plight of the Assyrians and other minorities. Link
  • January 22 — Savina Dawood, A Demand For Action's Iraq ambassador tour now took her to Germany and the TV show Kirche In Not. Together with Jacob Jacob she was interviewed about the genocide in Iraq and if there is a solution and what that is. Link
  • January 21 — Savina Dawood, ambassador for A Demand For Action in Iraq interviewed byt the Swedish Daily Newspaper Dagen. Link
  • January 20 — Swedish National Television reported from the Nineveh Plain in Iraq. The journalists were assisted by ADFA in Iraq. Savina Dawood who was in Sweden for a seminar in the Swedish Parliament was interviewed on the mechanism behind the ethnorelgious cleansing of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs along with what the solutions are. Link
  • January 17 — Iraqi youth from different sects and religions gathered in Sydney for a forum to discuss Youth Against Violence and Extremism. ADFA Director of Heritage and Indigenous Issues, Nineveh Yakou, was one of four community members presenting. Link
  • January 16 — An article by Nemrud Kurt Hannike was published in the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet about the current war in Iraq. ADFA asked the newspaper for an English translation. Link
  • January 14 — Peter El Khouri, ADFA member from Sweden, was interviewed in the Swedish paper NLT. He talks about how ADFA came to exist, our goals and what the future holds. Link
  • January 14 — Diana Yaqco responsilbe for ADFA's media relations in Australia, has written an important article about the escalated terror incidents around the world and the latest cyber attack on US government's twitter account. Link
  • January 6 — Assyrian Stars has published a portrait of the founder of ADFA, Nuri Kino. In this interview, readers learn more about Kino's work before ADFA. Link
  • January 5 — ADFA’s photographer Allen Kakony is following the every day life for IDP's in Erbil and Dohuk. Here are his most recent photographs showing the refugees, including children, in the shelters. Link
  • January 5 — Mardean Isaac (ADFA UK) appeared on London Live discussing Assyrians in Iraq. The footage that ended up being broadcast was a brief portion of the interview itself. We link to it, along with audio of the interview for those who cannot view the video. Link
  • December 29 — The Assyrian security forces are mentioned in the Swedish National Radio today. It tells of Daniel who moved from Sweden to join a force in the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq. The report also mentions ADFA's lobby in Washington DC and the bill that passed the senate. Link
  • December 27 — ADFA members from Iraq and the UK were interviewed in an article published in the London Evening Standard. Link
  • December 26 — Nuri Kino writes the editorial of Swedish Daily News (Svenska Dagbladet) "War against children, it's happening now" Link
  • December 26 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino's latest piece in Huffington Post: "Sorry for disturbing you in your Christmas celebration but children are being kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted". Link
  • December 24 — ADFA's tireless representative in Russia, Hanna Bit Murad, has on Christmas Eve published a long report about the situation in Iraq facing Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and Yazidis. The article was published by TRV Russian Science under the headline "Christmas in Nineveh". Link
  • December 24 — A piece we set up in Christmas Eve’s London Evening Standard on the conditions Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs are facing this Christmas. Devastating. ADFA Iraq ambassador Savina Dawood and UK represenative Mardean Isaac are quoted. Thank you Reema Babakhan, ADFA member in UK for making this possible. Link
  • December 24 — Nuri Kino makes headlines saying "We will never give up the struggle" Link
  • December 24 — Founder of ADFA Nuri Kino was invited to write on one of the organization's followers world reformer Merit Wager's blog in Swedish. Link
  • December 24 — To: A Demand for Action and everyone who makes a difference in the world. Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish Daily News) and the tireless writer and reformer Merit Wager for giving us this precious gift on Christmas eve. Link
  • December 21 — A Demand For Action (ADFA) founder and president, Nuri Kino, was on his way to Iraq, when his mother’s cousin called and said that Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka Iwas I, the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch, passed away in Germany. Today Nuri Kino publishes his film Holy Spirit on ADFA’s fb. Link
  • December 21 — The editorial of the Swedish Daily Newspaper "Svenska Dagbladet" mentions ADFA’s Blankets & Rugs campaign as on of the most important 2014. Link
  • December 18 — ADFA's photographer Allen Kakony on the popular TV-channel Sat7 from a refugee camp in Erbil. Link
  • December 16 — ADFA team, with the help of ACC (Assyrian Culture Club), continue to distribute blankets, sleeping bags and rugs to different refugee shelters. Link
  • December 16 — Behind the scenes in Washington DC. In an interview with SBS Radio, Australia, ADFA lobbyist Steve Oshana discusses our recent breakthrough legislative achievement and explains how we secured support for local security in the Nineveh Plain. The entirety of the interview is in English, which begins at minute 3. Link
  • December 16 — ADFA photographer Allen Kakony’s pictures from the distribution of blankets, sleeping bags and rugs in Erbil published on our fb-page. Link
  • December 15 — ADFA Director of Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, Nineveh Yakou writes about witnessing 16 horrifying hours of a possible terrorist attack in Sydney. Link
  • December 15 — Diana Yaqco, ADFA Australia’s Media Relations & Political Liaison, was interviewed by The Hume Leader about local government and council getting more involved in educating young men who have left schools and why it's important for them to have education, and the general feeling in the Hume community. Link
  • December 14 — ADFA team, with help from ACC (Assyrian Culture Club), starts to distribute blankets, sleeping bags and rugs to different refugee shelters in Shaqlawa. The feeling of spreading the items was overwhelming where many shared tears with our team members Link
  • December 14 — Our sister organization in Germany Save Our Souls publishes an article about the bill that passsed in the US Senate. Link
  • December 12 — Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issues a press release where she states that even though she was against the bill, she was all for security forces in the Nineveh Plain. She also mentions A Demand For Action and the hard work and tireless efforts our members have put into their lobbyism in Washington DC. Link
  • December 12 — The National Defense Authorization Act, containing the provision for local security in the Nineveh Plains, passed the US Senate with an overwhelming majority. ADFA’s lobbyist Steve Oshana reports about the achievement. Link
  • December 12 — ADFA’s humanitarian aid truck from Sweden arrived in Erbil. Link
  • December 11 — News outlet Ankawa keeps publishing reports written by ADFA founder Nuri Kino in Arabic. The latest one is about the Nineveh Plain security forces. Link
  • December 11 — News outlet Ankawa has translated and published ADFA founder Nuri Kino's report about the collecting of blankets, sleeping bags and rugs. Link
  • December 10 — This piece in Medill Reports highlights the plight of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and the role ADFA has played in unifying our nation around the world, raising awareness, and passing critical legislation to aid our suffering people in Iraq and Syria. Link
  • December 10 — ADFA’s Executive director Steve Oshana was interviewed on SBS radio's Assyrian edition. This is the first part of several interviews with more to follow shortly. and of all those who have helped us make one of our demands come true. Link
  • December 9 — Swedish daily newspaper Länstidningen covers the Nineveh Plain Security Forces and interviews ADFA founder Nuri Kino. Link
  • December 8 — uffington Post publishes a blog post written by Paul Benjamin on the decision taken by the US Congress to arm th indigenous peoples of the Nineveh Plain. The article also describes ADFA's involvement. Link
  • December 7 — ADFA became Santa Claus' workshop in Södertälje’s Assyrian Cultural Club. Why were the stores in Stockholm emptied on blankets and sleeping bags? And why and how did ADFA start? Those and many other questions are answered by Nuri Kino in his Swedish Television article published in English on Kino’s Medium blog with pictures, videos and links. Link
  • December 7 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino in SVT (Swedish Television) about the collecting of sleeping bags, blankets and rugs. Link
  • December 7 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino in Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish Daily News about supporters of Jihad in Sweden. Link
  • December 6 — Assyria TV interviews ADFA founder Nuri Kino and Executive Director Steve Oshana about the developments in Washington DC, particularly the news about the Nineveh Plain Security Forces. Link
  • December 6 — ADFA's founder Nuri Kino has, together with editors and political scientists, gone through the motion that was voted for in the US Congress. The result was published in an article posted in Your Middle East. Link
  • December 5 — Swedish newspaper Dagen (Daily News) about the bill that passed in the US Congress and ADFA’s part of making it pass. Link
  • December 5 — Swedish Newspaper Dagen published a video clip containing footage of the ADFA collection of blankets, sleeping bags and rugs that took place in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. Link
  • December 4 — Storify publishes the background story, how did ADFA start? Why did it start? Exlusive report by Susan Abram. Link
  • December 4 — ADFA announces that the National Defence Authorization Act has approved support for local security forces in the Nineveh Plain. A Demand for Action will continue our efforts to fully implement and realize this force to ensure the long term security for our suffering people Link
  • December 3 — ADFA’s Executive Director Steve Oshana announces: National Defence Authorization Act has approved support for local security forces in the Nineveh Plain. A Demand for Action will continue our efforts to fully implement and realize this force to ensure the long term security for our suffering people. Link
  • December 3 — In a candid interview with Homasa David, ADFA representative in New Zealand in the tv program The Wirless, we can see the emotional beacon light up with a yearning desire to reconnect with "Home". Link
  • December 3 — ADFA's Executive Director, Steve Oshana, joined the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and many distinguished guests on Capitol Hill to celebrate 23 years of independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. Link
  • December 2 — ADFA ambassador Father Adde, of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, will open the ANCA-Eastern US Region's annual banquet. Link
  • December 1 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino inerviewed by Swedish Newspaper Världen Idag (The World Today) about World Food Programme forced to suspend food voucher scheme to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Link
  • December 1 — ADFA's founder Nuri Kino is interviewed by Epic-USA. Also interviewed in the podcast are Ms. Juliana Taimoorazy of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council who gives background information about the situation in Iraq and about the need of IDPs, as well as Mr. Jeff Gardner who shares the story about his Picture Christians Project Link
  • December 1 — A Demand For Action's founder Nuri Kino is interviewed in the podcast American News Analysis (which is partly in Swedish) about the battle for the Middle Eastern Christians. Link
  • November 30 — Director Sargon Saadi’s new documentary entitled "The Last Plight" was awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and can be seen on the front page of vimeo. The film was produced in cooperation with us and our ADFA’s Suzy Younan coproduced it. Link
  • November 30 — Through ADFA’s diligent reporting on winter conditions in Iraq, and through founder Nuri Kino's speech in the EU and our collections in Södertälje, governments have been encouraged to act. UK is expected to pay for blankets, heating stoves and other cold-weather supplies for 14,000 vulnerable families, cash and vouchers to help 16,000 families buy winter gear, and to deliver improved shelter for another 4,500 families. Link
  • November 29 — ADFA ambassador Savina Dawood participates, and gives a historical speech in the conference titled "Genocide in historical memory of nations and in the modern information war" in Moscow, Russia. The conference was hosted by Just World. Link
  • November 29 — Artist Ramos Jakob, ADFA ambassador, wins Australian Independent Music Video Awards. Ramos wears a jacket with the words A Demand For Action, Stop Isis and Safe Haven Now. Link
  • November 28 — After ADFA founder Nuri Kino’s speech in the European Parliament, Swedish Christian Democrats European MP Lars Adaktusson is interviewed about Kino’s suggestion regarding a conference and hearing in the EU. Adaktusson talks about his struggle for Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and Yazidies in the worlds largest Arabic newspaper Elaf. Link
  • November 28 — Södertälje’s local newspaper publishes a slideshow from the final day of collection of items to be sent to Iraq. Link
  • November 28 — News outlet Your Middle East about Carpets & Rugs collection Link
  • November 28 — After massive criticism from ADFA's founder Nuri Kino and MP Robert Hannah, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström comes to Södertälje. Nuri Kino welcomes here in a strong Op-Ed in the local newspaper Link
  • November 27 — Swedish National Newspaper Expressen about ADFA's collection campaign, headline: "Where did the sleeping bags go? On the way to Iraq we found out." Link
  • November 25 — In E-café, one of Germany's most popular TV-shows, Save Our Souls, Germany's ADFA team are interviewed. Link
  • November 25 — Artist and journalist Rihan Younan published a video clip from the collection of Blankets & Rugs in Södertälje south of Stockholm Link
  • November 24 — The Last Plight, an important film that is directed by Sargon Saadi and produced by Sargon Rouel and ADFA's own Suzan Younan is released. Link
  • November 24 — Swedish newspaper interviews A Demand For Action member Ida BethMorad about the major collection of items that will keep children in Erbil and Dohuk warm. Link
  • November 23 — ADFA UK leader Mardean Isaac was a “special guest” on the al-Jazeera program Head to Head featuring Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the National Security Advisor to Nuri al-Maliki. Link
  • November 22 — Polish nationwide radio renowed reporter Dariusz Rosiak got an exclusive interview with ADFA’s founder Nuri Kino. Link
  • November 21 — ADFA ambassador Savina Dawood interviewed in Catulunya Cristiana. A very good analysis about the situation in Iraq. Link
  • November 20 — ADFA leader Ninson Ibrahim in Sweden about the “Blankets & Rugs”campaign in Swedish Daily news paper Dagen. Link
  • November 20 — ADFA’s member Joseph Shaba about his research and charity trip to Erbiland Dohuk. Interview in Swedish local paper of Södertälje. Link
  • November 20 — Update from Washington, DC: ANCA & ADFA Executive Directors meet to findareas of cooperation on the future of their peoples policy.
  • November 18 — ADFA Website launches, blogs to be posted frequently.
  • November 16 — ADFA founder Nuri Kino’s second article in ‘Your Middle East’. He analyzes a debate held in the Swedish Parliament about the word “genocide”. Kino accuses Sweden for betraying IS victims. Link
  • November 16 — ADFA Founder, Nuri Kino, analyzes a debate held in the Swedish Parliament. Published in his Your Middle East blog/column. Link
  • November 15 — ADFA’s first pressconference in Sweden publishe in Assyria TV. Link
  • November 15 — A Demand for Action held its first press-conference in Sweden. It was broadcasted by Assyria TV. Link
  • November 12 — Assyrian National Broadcasting (ANB) interview with Savina Dawood Vice President in IYDU, Ambassador of A Demand for Action. Link
  • November 4 — Prime Minister David Cameron’s response to the open letter that ADFA UK’s Mardean Isaac wrote calling for the protection of Iraq’s minorities, signed by many leading MPs, authors, and academics. Link
  • November 3 — Josef Shaba, a member of ADFA, published an article on the prestigious Swedish Television’s opinion page.The testimony gathered from Josef’s research trip to Iraq reveals a desperate crisis that for most of us is too much to even bear reading about. Link
  • October 31 — Iraqi ambassador for US Lukman Faily’s Q&A on twitter are published, ADFA’s tweets are in the report. Link
  • October 31 — Catholic Herald Tribune publishes a long report about the ethnorelgious cleansing of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs. ADFA is mentioned. Link
  • October 31 — “How do you square ‘sustainable political solutions’ with extremists who boast about horrific crimes?” ADFA Nuri Kino asks in an Op-Ed in Your Middle East. Link
  • October 30 — The Iraqi ambassador in Washington DC answered questions on twitter using the hashtag #askiraq. ADFA Social Media army executed our largest twitter storm to date tweeting questions about Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other minorities in Iraq and demanding a safe haven to secure their future. Link
  • October 29 — ADFA founder, Nuri Kino, addreses Sweden’s new foreign minister Margot Wallström in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet saying that the only solution for Iraq’s indigenous people is a protection in the Nineveh Plains. What will she do about it? Link
  • October 28 — Huffington Post publishes ADFA founder Nuri Kino’s speech that he held at the European Parliament on October 15. The article A Decade of a Silent Genocide. Link
  • October 28 — Article by ADFA’s member Josef Shaba about his visit to refugee camps in Erbil. Link
  • October 26 — One of the consequences of founder Nuri Kino’s speech in the European Parliament on the 15th October is that the Czech Christian Democratic Party (KDU-ČSL), together with authorities from charity and church organizations, decided to arrange a demonstration in Prague under the banner of A Demand For Action (ADFA). Link
  • October 24 — Paul Benjamin, ADFA representative from California, wrote “Never Forget, and Never Again” for the Huffington Post.
  • October 17 — Lars Adaktusson, Swedish MEP, welcomed ADFA’s proposal for an international conference to discuss the implementation of a safe haven in the Nineveh Plains.
  • October 16 — Nuri Kino was interviewed on the program Nordegren & Epstein, broadcasted on channel P1 on Swedish Radio. Link
  • October 15 — Athra Kado, our ADFA member from Iraq, was interviewed by Dagen, a Swedish magazine. Link
  • October 14 — Leader and founder, Nuri Kino, traveled to Brussels, invited by EU parliamentarian, Lars Adaktusson, as a key speaker at a seminar. Link
  • October 13 — Our ADFA member from Iraq, Athra Kado, was interviewed by DW.de. Link
  • October 10 — We officially registered as a non-profit Organisation.
  • October 10 — Our leader in UK, Mardean Isaac, was quoted in al-manitor.com. Link
  • October 7 — Founder and leader Nuri Kino wrote an article for Sabotage Times in which he interviewed an IS commander. The article was also published in Swedish in Magasinet Neo. Link
  • September 22-23 — Nineveh Yakou, from ADFA in Australia, was invited to The United Nations Conference of Indigenous Peoples in NY to speak about the Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean situation. Link
  • September 10 — We held a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Our founder, Nuri Kino, was present, as was Steve Oshana, our US representative and director of government affairs. Link
  • August 15 — Paul Benjamin, ADFA representative from California, wrote “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” for the Huffington Post. Link
  • August 14 — Savina Dawood , ADFA representative from Iraq, spoke to Channel 4 News live from Erbil. Link
  • August 13 — Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, finally responded to criticism from ADFA Founder, Nuri Kino, expressed repeatedly in Aftonbladet, Swedish Radio, Huffington Post and other media outlets. The Swedish prime minister and foreign minister wrote “FN måste förhindra hotande folkmord“, in english; The UN must prevent the threat of genocide. Link
  • August 11 — ADFA representative from New York, Very Reverend Father Gabriel Adde, shared the latest updates with Judge Jeanine Pirro on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox TV. Link
  • August 7 — Paul Benjamin, ADFA representative from California, wrote “ISIS, ISIS, You Can’t Hide, We Charge You With Genocide!” for the Huffington Post. Link
  • August 7 — Paul Benjamin, ADFA representative from California, wrote “Western Media Failed Me and It Is Probably Failing You Too” for the Huffington Post. Link
  • August 2 — Further worldwide demonstrations were held in which our demands were echoed.
  • July 30 — Los Angeles Daily News wrote an article about us. Name of the Article; Christian groups to rally for protection in Iraq. Link
  • July 28 — During a football game between Assyriska and Hammarby in Sweden, the Assyriska fan club, Zelge, prepared a big banner which read #DemandForAction. The banner was shown on TV and mentioned in the Swedish newspapers aftonbladet. Name of the the article; Landslaget som förlorar sitt land, in english; The national team that is losing its country. Link
  • July 27 — Demonstrations took place all over the globe in which our demands were echoed.
  • July 21 — Ivar Arpi, a Swedish journalist, wrote about us in a Swedish daily newspaper called Svenska Dagbladet (Svd.se). Name of the article; Ingen hjälper Iraks kristna, in English; Nobody is Helping the Christians of Iraq. Link
  • July — In a matter of days we had over 13.000 followers on Facebook.
  • July — Together with our photographer, Allen Kakony, we spread pictures of refugees who escaped to Erbil, Ankawa. These pictures have been shared worldwide and they show the reality of the Assyrian/Syriacs/Chaldeans, Yezidis, Turkoman, Shabaks, Mandeans and the Kurds.
  • July 4 — We opened a Twitter account and started our social media campaign by tweeting any media outlet calling us Iraqi Christians or Christians Arabs – and anyone else referring to us as anything else but Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans, and through our efforts several media outlets corrected their articles and referred to us by our true ethnicity.
  • July 2 — Our name came up for the first time in a magazine. Link
  • July 2 — We wrote to parliamentarians and officials in 12 countries demanding that action be taken to protect this indigenous population. Following this effort it is no longer possible for those who possess political influence to claim ignorance of the urgent crisis facing these minorities.
  • June 20 — ADFA was founded.

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