Recently the Assyrian mayor of Alqosh was removed and a member of the Kurdish party of Barazani replaced him in the North of Iraq. This is an outrage. The Kurds want to occupy Alqosh because this is another trick in the bag for the Kurds delusion of a homeland built on Assyrian soil. One must ask the question how can a people believe they can build their homeland by silencing an ancient people who have lived in the North of Iraq for thousands of years? The people of Alqosh must not be hushed. Their concerns are tremendous and they want to govern their own town as they have since the beginning of time. Alqosh is Assyria. If Alqosh is infiltrated with Kurds that means that there will be less and less hope for the Assyrians to establish their region in the North of Iraq. Alqosh is called in a song about the town, “Mathed Zona” which means town of time. I know and believe future time will always be on the side of Alqosh. The past for Alqosh has not always been happy as the town has been attacked many times in past years by Kurdish tribes and left to defend itself when ISIS was near.
There is a song in Alqoshian folklore that goes like this:
Khzeli khtha yowna befyara
M3ouyetle ow qreli pkha kala
Bas mafhemle ow bas maythele
Lema athra wot besala
This song is talking about a man of Alqosh seeing a dove flying away. He screams in a loud of voice and becomes miserable and asks just tell me what country are you flying to? This is the big question right now. Will Iraq stand up for the rights of the people of Alqosh and all Assyrians or will they sell us out to the Kurds? Alqoshian people call themselves “Suraye.” Everyone knows that this means they are Assyrians.
ISIS invaded the Nineveh Plains but they were not able to get to Alqosh thank God. Alqosh is a holy town and it deserves to be protected by the world community. If the Kurds aspirations become a reality and they take over the region they will turn all the Assyrians in the Nineveh Plains into Kurdish Christians as they have been trying to do in the past.
Alqosh is a treasure which goes back to ancient times. The first time Alqosh was mentioned in artefacts of antiquity was in Sencharibs time, but Alqosh most probably goes even further back in history beyond the beginning of civilization.
Some people say that the name Alqosh comes from the term, “El Qushti” which means “The God of the Bow.” Truly the God Ashur is looking down on Alqosh right now and saying do not touch my precious town where old souls still live to this day with the ancient spirit and one of the most ancient languages of the world.
I plead with the world community to stand with Alqosh and the hope of our Assyrian people for a region in Iraq. Assyria may be a dream that many are trying to diminish, but it will continue to shine in the hearts of the true Assyrians until one day Assyria shall return from invisibility to visibility.
Lastly I just want to say God bless our dear Alqosh and God bless all the Assyrian people.
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