On Sunday 5th August, I joined with Assyrian Universal Alliance, and the Assyrian Australian National Federation to commemorate the Assyrian Martyrs and Genocide Day at the Assyrian Genocide Monument in Bonnyrigg Park.
August 7 was chosen to commemorate Martyrs Day because in 1933, between August 8 and 11, the Iraqi army, led by Bakir Sidqi, entered the Assyrian town of Simmele and its surroundings, in north Iraq, and massacred 3,000 Assyrian men, women and children, after they had been promised safety if the men surrendered their weapons.
We were joined by Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, Director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide studies, who was the guest speaker on this occasion.
The program included prayers, speeches and wreath laying. it was my privilege to join with the local community.