Mr. Ashur Eskrya, President of the Assyrian Aid Society-Iraq, received in his office the delegation of USAID represented of Mr. Joseph Foltz, Program Office Director USAID Iraq, Ms. Meredith Wotten from USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives, Karey Haywood USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, on Thursday, Oct. 18th, 2018. The meeting was attended by AASI board members, Dr. Duraid Hikmat Zuma, Advisor to the Nineveh Governor for Minorities Affairs, Mr. Dawood Baba Yacoub, member of Nineveh Provincial Council and Mr. Imad Babawi, Mr. Imad Daddiza, Head of the AASI office in Bakhdida, Ms. Bahija Daoud, Secretary of the Assyrian Women Union, Mr. Alan Tabsima, Secretary of the Chaldean Students and Youth Union, Ms. Martha Hudson of the Independent Religious Freedom Advocate, and Mr. Kenneth R. Timmerman, author and columnist for Frontpage magazine, Daily Caller, Washington Times and others.
The meeting discussed a number of important topics that are in the interest of our people who are still displaced from their homes and as well as the returnees to the Nineveh Plain areas, including the facilitation of movement from and to the Nineveh Plain, and discussion on the reconstruction process of damaged, burned and destroyed houses so that their owners can return to their places, as well as providing of the simplest means of living from services, infrastructure and the livelihood to maintain and restore stability for those who returned of our people to live a decent life and not to think of emigration, most important of all, to strengthen the security aspect and end the processes of demographic change that are affecting our areas in the Nineveh Plain.
The Assyrian Aid Society presented several ideas for reconstruction projects in the different areas of Nineveh Plain, as well as implementation of a variety of awareness programs to restore confidence among the various components of the Nineveh Plain and endeavoring to address the educational curricula in line with the spirit of coexistence.
The delegation also visited Odrana camp of AAS-Iraq and met with a number of displaced families of Mosul whom are living in camp.