About A Demand For Action
A Demand For Action is a global initiative which advocates for the protection of Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. We came together in June 2014 from a dozen countries to pool our energy and resources into a unified international effort. Since then, thanks to tireless work of our volunteers, we have contributed to global Genocide recognition and initiated far reaching legislative portfolios in Washington DC and the European Union.
Our traditional and social media efforts have brought the plight of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people to the attention of local, national, and international media. ADFA is a trusted source for media outlets and has been quoted in outlets such as the NYT Magazine, Newsweek, WSJ, Politico, Washington Post and CNN.
To learn about how you can get involved please visit our How You Can Help page.
Achievements So Far
ADFA was created to give a voice to the unheard victims of genocide. How did we come together? Who are we? What have we accomplished? This year, 2018, we have given open hearted interviews in articles that have been published in, among others, Canadian Epoch Times and Swedish Länstidningar.
The Grassroots Movement That Reached Washington
The Swedish newspaper Länstidningen I Södertälje has the unique ADFA story. It published a spread with multiple articles written by Jenny Folkesson about our organization. Why did we organize ourselves? Who are we? How do we operate? What have we accomplished?
We don’t have flashy offices, employees, or salaries. We are all volunteers, and with the help of donations mainly from Södertälje (a small city in Sweden), and a burning commitment, ADFA, or A Demand For Action, has succeeded beyond all expectations. And it all started with a phone call to Nuri Kino, on the Midsummer Day of 2014.
Länstidningen chronicles the beginning of ADFA, the ten years of desperate calls to action that were unanswered, the volunteers who have persisted despite the mental anguish of reading of and watching children and innocent people suffer every day, and the entrepreneurs who used their powers for good.
Read the full translated articles here:
Genocide survivors fight to save others in crisis
“Struggle has always been part of my life,” says Nuri Kino, narrating his family story of persecution and survival. In an article by Susan Korah in the Epoch Times, ADFA’s journey as a group composed entirely of volunteers and funded by Middle Eastern Christians of all denominations in the worldwide diaspora is highlighted.
When Mosul fell to ISIS in June, 2014, an estimated 500,000 civilians fled the city in a terrified exodus, among them 200,000 Christian Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans.
This was a turning point for several people. One was Kino. A descendant of Christian genocide survivors himself, Kino and his family had been fortunate to escape to Europe and to rebuild their lives when Turkish-Cypriot turbulence shook their hometown of Midyat, Turkey, in the 1970s. Kino had foreseen this latest catastrophe that would befall his people and had warned the international community through his writing and documentary films. But few in power took heed, and almost none came to the aid of his people facing an ongoing crisis.
Kino mobilized a team of 25 volunteers from around the world. They simultaneously launched a massive social media campaign, sending over 15,000 emails alerting the international community to the pending tragedy, and coordinated protests around the world. This initiative would become A Demand For Action, the now incorporated NGO with representatives all over the world.
Read the entire article here:
Here the refugee children receive food and Easter candy – thanks to the Södertäljeborn collection: “They should feel that they are not forgotten”
An extensive article about the aftermath of a genocide and ADFA’s charity operations in Lebanon was published in Södertälje based newspaper LT.
A must read for those interested in current times. The Swedish version was written by Leif Granlind. Translated by Daniela Babylonia Barhanna and edited by Susan Korah.
Read the translated version here:
The doctor couldn’t handle seeing what IS had done to the children.
More media coverage about ADFA’s and Syriac League’s Easter Charity operations was published in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. This article was published in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet – SvD. Translated by Daniela Babylonia Barhanna and proof read by Susan Korah.
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