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A Great Voice Has Fallen Silent

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in News | 0 comments

A Great Voice Has Fallen Silent

(Mr. David (Dawed) Shamoon Younan, lifelong Assyrian activist – 1929 – 2016) On October 8th, 2016, David Shamoon Younan, father of Ninva Younan Lazar, passed away after a fourteen month battle with complications from a stroke.       . During his lifetime David selflessly supported numerous causes and organizations which worked on behalf of the Assyrian people. David Younan did not just talk about the fight for Assyrian rights, he lived it – his whole life. The son of survivors of the Assyrian Genocide (Seyfo) of 1915, David’s parents fled to Russia to escape the onslaught of the Ottoman Turks and their Kurdish allies. In turn David was born in Moscow in 1929, and as a young boy he and his family were forced out of Russia by the dictator Stalin. Settling in Iran, David met his wife Nata Younan, and their union would eventually be blessed with 7 children and 17 grandchildren. With the coming of the radical, Islamic Revolution in Iran, David was again forced from his home and made his way to United States. Drawing on his personal experience of persecution and discrimination, David Younan became a lifelong Assyrian nationalist, one who generously supported Assyrian causes, organizations, churches and people in need. To honor his legacy, to continue his fight, the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation has set up the Dawed Younan Memorial Fund in support of those Assyrians who have lost their homes in Syria’s Khabour Valley. Throughout his lifetime, David knew the pain and anguish of being driven from his home. This is very same pain being felt by Assyrian Christians in the Khabour Valley in Syria. David Younan may be gone, but working together, we can keep his dream of a home and homeland for Assyrians alive and thriving. Please generously support the Dawed Younan memorial...

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The Assyria Region – A Clarification

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Rally - Secure - Restore, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Assyria Region – A Clarification

On Monday, September 12, Cristina Silva published a piece in the The International Business Times titled Christian Homeland The Answer To Islamic State Violence? Christians In The Middle East Demand Sovereign Nation. Silva begins her article by writing, “A Christian homeland in the Middle East would help protect persecuted Christians fleeing violence from the Islamic State group and other militant threats, a growing group of Christian leaders insist.” Although Silva never says so directly, her piece presumably (at least in part) allude to H.C.Res.152, a resolution introduced on September 9th, 2016 by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, with the intent of “Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States and the international community should support the Republic of Iraq and its people to recognize a province in the Nineveh Plain region, consistent with lawful expressions of self-determination by its indigenous peoples.” Any relationship to H.C.R. 152 aside, Silva’s opening statement is bold, provocative, and as misleading as it is untrue. First, H.C.R. 152 does not call for the creation of a Christian homeland or sovereign nation in Iraq. Second, and perhaps more importantly, there are no “Christian leaders” “insisting” on the creation of a “Christian homeland,” let alone a “growing group.” The one overtly Christian organization that Silva mentions in her piece, the International Christian Union, has, according to its website, one member, Joseph Hakim. While RNNF does not know Hakim well, and he may be a well-intended soul, he is not a leading figure concerning events in northern Iraq. Silva further wrote that groups like the Philos Project and In Defense of Christians “want U.S. leaders to help them establish a safe zone for Christians in the Middle East.” While this statement by Silva is less untrue than her first, it is not wholly accurate. RNNF works closely with the Philos Project and In Defense of Christians, and since the story went up, has communicated with the leadership of both by email. In the case of the Philos Project, which is headed up by Robert Nicholson, RNNF has learned that Silva never spoke with Mr. Nicholson, despite quoting him at length in the piece. In response to Silva’s work, the Philos Project posted the following clarification concerning HCR 152: “Does this resolution seek to create an independent Christian state? No. The province called for in the resolution is neither Christian nor a state. It is a province inside the federal Republic of Iraq designed to aid in the resettlement and protection of all minorities who have been affected by ISIS.” Why do these distinctions and clarifications matter? They matter because what Iraq (and the greater Middle East) badly needs at this time is less, not more, sectarianism and inflammatory language. Silva’s sloppy and inaccurate piece does just the opposite. As for RNNF, we have, since our founding, advocated for the creation of three provinces in northern Iraq; Nineveh Plain, Sinjar and Tal Afar, with each province representing the traditional homeland for Iraq’s Assyrian (in Nineveh Plain), Yezidi (in Sinjar) and Turkmen (in Tal Afar) peoples. While most Assyrians are Christians, the Yezidis are Yezidi, and the Turkmen are Shiite and Sunni Muslim, these three peoples have for centuries lived and worked peacefully together. Taking advantage of this unity, these three provinces would further cooperate to form one region, the...

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The Newsletter is here

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Newsletter, Rally - Secure - Restore | 0 comments

The Newsletter is here

To catch up on what the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation has been up to over the summer, here is our lastest newsletter. Restore Nineveh Now Foundation –   Download (PDF,...

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From the Ground Up Is Here!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in News, Rally - Secure - Restore | 0 comments

From the Ground Up Is Here!

  A week or so ago we announce that we were launching a new initiative, From The Ground Up (FGU). We are please to say that it is here and in full swing. We have set-up a unique website for the initiative, one that will allow for greater focus on its mission, and highlight the success of those helped by FGU. Give it a look and get involved....

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Returning Home to Khabur

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Rally - Secure - Restore, Slider | 0 comments

Returning Home to Khabur

(Above: An Assyrian Christian inspects graffiti left by ISIS in his village in Khabur, Syria. The graffiti reads, in part, “The Islamic State will endure forever.” Photo credit Jeff Gardner, copyright 2015.) The civil war in Syria has driven thousands of Assyrian Christians from their homes. But today, thanks to the efforts of a Christian defense force, some 200 of these displaced Christian families are hoping to return to their homes and rebuild their lives. The Restore Nineveh Now Foundation has launched a Crowdrise initiative to help these families return home to the Khabur Valley region of Syria. Please help us help them by donating generously – every dollar...

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A Demand for Justice!

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Rally - Secure - Restore | 0 comments

A Demand for Justice!

Click HERE for a major announcement from The Restore Nineveh Now Foundation.

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An Important Announcement

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in News | 0 comments

An Important Announcement

  On May 13, 2016, three organizations, the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation, The Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International and The Assyrian Genocide Research Center-Seyfo Center, will take a major step on behalf of our oppressed people in Iraq, especially those that have been assassinated, tortured, falsely imprisoned, raped, enslaved and robbed over the past year and a half. In advance of this extremely important action the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation wants to thank members of the executive committee of the American Mesopotamian Organization as well as members of the board of directors of the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation for their vision, leadership and patience. May God bless our Assyrian nation and freedom and justice for Assyrians and Yezidis in their ancestral...

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RNNF meets with senior advisers to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Media, News, Rally - Secure - Restore | 0 comments

RNNF meets with senior advisers to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

  In mid-March representatives from the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation (RNNF), met with senior advisers to Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to discuss the inclusion of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) in the US Government’s aid program for Iraq. In light of the US State Department’s declaration that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is committing genocide against Iraq’s religious minorities, RNNF is calling on the US Government to work with Prime Minister al-Abadi to include NPU in its Iraq Train & Equip Fund (ITEF). The objective of ITEF is to train, advise, and assist the Iraqi Army in initiating and sustaining combat operations against ISIL. According to The National Defense Authorization Act for FY16, US Government defense articles, services, and related training must be extended to “Kurdish and tribal security forces and other local security forces.” The Joint Explanatory Statement to the NDAA/Subtitle C-Matters Relating to Syria and Iraq defines local security forces as those “…that are committed to protecting highly vulnerable ethnic and religious minority communities, such as Yezidi, Christian, Assyrian and Turkmen.” The Nineveh Plain Protection Units, which were formed in late 2014 to protect Iraq’s Assyrian Christians from the genocidal onslaught of ISIL, are the only registered, local security force under the authority of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi. Since the NPU is headquartered thirty miles from Mosul and is strategically positioned for the upcoming military campaign to expel ISIL from Iraq, RNNF made the case that thousands of NPU members urgently require US military assistance to participate fully in the anti-ISIL campaign. In a letter (see below) sent to President Obama, select members of Congress and the Department of Defense, RNNF pointed out that while both Kurdish and Sunni tribal security forces have been trained and equipped by the US, the program has yet to include other minorities such the Assyrian NPU. In addition to fulfilling Congress’ mandate to aid Iraq’s military capacity, including the NPU into ITEF will temper competing sectarian-based territorial claims over the Nineveh Plain, promote national unity by integrating Iraq’s minorities within the country’s national security institutions and be a beneficial step towards a more inclusive, united Iraq. Download (PDF,...

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Gozarto Protection Forces asks Restore Nineveh Now Foundation for help!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Help Right Now, Media, News, Rally - Secure - Restore | 0 comments

Gozarto Protection Forces asks Restore Nineveh Now Foundation for help!

The Gozarto Protection Forces (GPF), an Assyrian defensive unit in Syria, have officially asked the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation (RNNF) to advocate for them and their efforts to all relevant U.S. government offices and organizations. The GPF was formed by Assyrian Christians in the Hasaka province, located in northeast Syria, shortly after the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, and its purpose is to provide protection, help and humanitarian aid to Assyrians and others terrorized by the various militant forces waging this conflict. In a letter (see below) sent from the political leadership of the GPF to RNNF, the GPF asked RNNF to “approach U.S. Government agencies and American non-government(al) organizations” on their behalf. RNNF has already been supporting the GPF through its Fallen Fighter Fund and will help the GPF in any other way it can. We are asking everyone to help support the GPF in everything that they do for Christains and others suffering in this war. Thank you Donate Download (PDF,...

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Our Latest Newsletter – January/February, 2016

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in News, Newsletter | 0 comments

The January/February issue of the Restore Nineveh Now Foundation newsletter is now available. Click here to subscribe and get the newsletter right in your email box. Download (PDF,...

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