The World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (WCA) and the Federation of Arameans in Germany (BVDAD) cordially invite you to The Third Aramean Congress titled "SAYFO 1915-2015 and the Aramean Identity." It will be held on Saturday, 7 March 2015, at the Suryoyo Sat Studio in Gütersloh, Germany.
This year, we all honor the 100th Anniversary of the Sayfo. The WCA, its Member Federations, local associations, Suryoyo Sat, SAUF and SAAF have initiated a Sayfo documentary in cooperation with a Dutch Christian channel, a Sayfo logo and the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/1915sayfo.
We all have more initiatives in the pipeline, just like each of you is now preparing various Sayfo events. Therefore, we see the necessity to bring together all our organizations and leading intellectuals in order to exchange ideas and dates for our Sayfo activities to create a SAYFO 2015 Agenda. For it would be good to be aware of each other’s agendas so that we can cooperate and attend each other’s events.
Besides the WCA’s Member Federations and Associations, we cordially invite Suryoyo Sat, the Sweden-based Syriac Aramaic Youth Federation (SAUF) and Syriac/Aramaic Academicians Federation (SAAF), Kreis Aramäischer Studierender Heidelberg (KrAS), Nisibin – Stiftung für Aramäische Studien, Stiftung zum Erhalt und zur Förderung des Aramäischen Kulturerbes, Kifa Magazine, the Aramean Movement for Human Rights (ABM), the Aramaic Democratic Organization (ArDO), Lebnon, our predecessors in the Aramean organizations and influential intellectuals.
For this event, we have also invited the well-known German genocide scholar, Dr. Tessa Hofmann, to give a presentation of one hour about the destruction of the Aramean people in 1914-1918.
We strongly believe that this historic Congress has the power to bring us all much closer to each other, increase our activities and make us individually and collectively stronger. Therefore, we look forward to receiving you at the Congress and hope to see you soon in Germany!
PROGRAM: SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 2015
SAYFO 1915-2015 AND THE ARAMEAN IDENTITY
09:30 – 10:00 Breakfast: Tea/Coffee & Sandwiches
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks by Mr. Daniyel Demir (7 min.),
Chairman Federation of Arameans in Germany
Speech by Mr. Johny Messo, WCA President (20 min.):
Sayfo and our People: Creating a Global Aramean Force
10:30 – 12:00 Statements by Organizations (5 min.) & Individuals (3 min.)
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 14:15 Questions and Answers & General Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Gabriel Hanne
14:15 – 15:15 Lecture by Dr. Tessa Hofmann, Genocide Scholar
Persecution and Destruction of the Arameans in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Occupied Iran (1914-1918) – A Forgotten Genocide?
15:15 – 16:00 Questions & Answers
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:45 Synergizing Thoughts and Initiatives: The SAYFO 2015 Agenda
Moderator: Dr. Gabriel Hanne
17.45 – 18.00 Presenting a DRAFT Joint Declaration to the German Government
We will translate and send it to our various Parliaments and Media
18:00 – 18:15 Final remarks by Mr. Daniyel Demir & Mr. Johny Messo
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
20:00 – 22:30 Live Tahrazto on the 3rd Aramean Congress & The SAYFO 2015 Agenda