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Johny Messo

President of the Syriac Universal Alliance

Hengelo, netherlands

Mr. Messo was born and raised in Hengelo, the Netherlands, but his family originates from Midyat in Tur 'Abdin in Southeast Turkey.

Mr. Messo received his propaedeutics in theology at the Evangelical Theological Higher Education in Veenendaal near Utrecht (1999) and his B.A. in Hebrew and Aramaic Languages and Cultures at Leiden University (2007). For the past 15 years, he has been actively engaged within the Aramaic (Syriac) community and he has worked for different Aramaic (Syriac) organizations, including as the director of the Foundation Study Center Aramea in Hengelobetween 2003 and 2008.

Since October of 2008, he has put his efforts in defending, promoting and developing human rights and interests of the Aramean (Syriac) people as the president of the Syriac Universal Alliance, a non-government organization with an accredited status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

He has published many articles and has given many speeches and lectures in a number of European countries, the United States of America, and the Middle East about past, present and future questions dealing with the Aramean (Syriac) people, in particular about their history and identity. Three of his latest works include, "The Christian Arameans Under the Yoke of Islam," "The Aramean (Syriac) Nation: A Brief Introduction to Its History and Identity," and "The Arameans as a Diaspora People: Arameanism (Oromoyutho) as the Key to Our Future Survival?"

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