An Assyrian Exodus
The untold Assyrian Genocide of 1914-1918 was a systematic ethnic cleansing of the Assyrian people perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks, Kurds, and Persians. Two-thirds of the Assyrian nation totaling 750,000 souls perished in the Ottoman Empire and Northwestern Iran as a result of genocide, starvation, dehydration, disease, and exposure to elements while thousands fell victim to kidnappings, forced assimilation, deportation, and migration.
The Assyrian Genocide is a missing chapter of world history. For the Assyrian people, it is very difficult to fathom how the genocide of a nation, can so easily be dismissed and intentionally ignored by the international community. To date, the Assyrian Genocide has not been universally acknowledged.
Rosie Malek-Yonan's AN ASSYRIAN EXODUS brought together Rosie Malek-Yonan, Emil Brikha, David Yonan, and Ninos Aho, four accomplished Assyrian artists from around the world in a common belief, that while the world may not acknowledge the Assyrian Genocide, through the arts, the history of the Assyrian nation can be preserved.
This project is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Assyrian Genocide and those forced to walk the "Death Marches." The survivors who safely made the unthinkable journey to distant shores around the globe, were able to secure the identity of future generations of Assyrians now living in diaspora.
The text of this project is directly derived from the "overture" of the original full-length theatrical production written, directed, and performed by Rosie Malek-Yonan, previewed in Hartford, CT in August 2008. The stories of An Assyrian Exodus are based on Malek-Yonan's personal family journals and war diaries written during the final exodus of the Assyrians fleeing from Urmia, Iran in 1918.
An Assyrian Exodus is a Rosie Malek-Yonan/Emil Brikha Production recorded in Los Angeles, Chicago, Sweden and Malta. The three part production is presented in English (Part 1), East Assyrian (Part 2) and West Assyrian (Part 3) languages and dialects.
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