A nun leaves the church at Mor Jakup Monastery after services.
A nun leaves the church at Mor Jakup Monastery after services.

The nun is one of only a few devotees that remain at this monastery. Tens of thousands of Christians have left the tenuous situation in Southeast Turkey for the relative safety and prosperity of Europe and the US. The monastery was built in 419 CE.

March 12, 2017

Father Daniel Tekin walks toward the church at Mor Jakup (est. 419 CE) for noon prayer services.
Father Daniel Tekin walks toward the church at Mor Jakup (est. 419 CE) for noon prayer services.

March 12, 2017

A 300-year old Turoyo prayer book in the town of Mizazah.
A 300-year old Turoyo prayer book in the town of Mizazah.

March 13, 2017

Children play soccer near Ayyubid mosques in Hasankeyf. Many residents of Hasankeyf were christian until the last several decades, when they converted or moved away.
Children play soccer near Ayyubid mosques in Hasankeyf. Many residents of Hasankeyf were christian until the last several decades, when they converted or moved away.

These mosques, along with much of the historic city, will be inundated when the Ilısu Dam is completed next year.

March 6, 2017

Deacon Ayhan Gürkan guides students at Mor Barsaumo in their study of the Turoyo language.
Deacon Ayhan Gürkan guides students at Mor Barsaumo in their study of the Turoyo language.

March 27, 2017

Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language
Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language

March 27, 2017

Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language
Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language

March 27, 2017

Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language.
Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language.

March 27, 2017

The families of students leave after the afternoon service at Mor Barsaumo.
The families of students leave after the afternoon service at Mor Barsaumo.

March 27, 2017

Salah Gümüs works at Sabo Şüryani Sarap Evi (Sabo Assyrian Wine House) in Midyat.
Salah Gümüs works at Sabo Şüryani Sarap Evi (Sabo Assyrian Wine House) in Midyat.

The monasteries in the region have produced wines for more than a thousand years. With the emigration of Syriac christians from the region, the supply and the demand are waning. 

A father and son tend the vinyards of Mor Hobil Monastery, Midyat.
A father and son tend the vinyards of Mor Hobil Monastery, Midyat.
A muslim newlywed couple leaves the courtyard of Mor Hobil Monastery.
A muslim newlywed couple leaves the courtyard of Mor Hobil Monastery.

March 26, 2017

Israel Demir stands on his back porch in Kafro.
Israel Demir stands on his back porch in Kafro.

Kafro is a hamlet comprised of Syriac returnees from Europe. Mr. Demir, who is originally from Tur Abdin, returned from Germany in 2006. He had spent 27 years in Germany and had been a successful machinist. In 2011, Israel was shot by a Kurdish pastoralist whom Israel was trying to remove from his land. Still, Israel says he is not scared, and maintains a hope for the return of other diaspora Christians to Tur Abdin. 

March 13, 2017

The youngest Demir plays games on an iPad with his friend.
The youngest Demir plays games on an iPad with his friend.

The youngest member of the Demir family, Israel's son (L), was born in Tur Abdin. Israel and his wife have four children, two sons and two daughters. As one of the sons, this boy will be expected to remain to raise a family in Kafro.

March 13, 2017

A nun leaves the church at Mor Jakup Monastery after services.
Father Daniel Tekin walks toward the church at Mor Jakup (est. 419 CE) for noon prayer services.
A 300-year old Turoyo prayer book in the town of Mizazah.
Children play soccer near Ayyubid mosques in Hasankeyf. Many residents of Hasankeyf were christian until the last several decades, when they converted or moved away.
Deacon Ayhan Gürkan guides students at Mor Barsaumo in their study of the Turoyo language.
Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language
Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language
Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language.
The families of students leave after the afternoon service at Mor Barsaumo.
Salah Gümüs works at Sabo Şüryani Sarap Evi (Sabo Assyrian Wine House) in Midyat.
A father and son tend the vinyards of Mor Hobil Monastery, Midyat.
A muslim newlywed couple leaves the courtyard of Mor Hobil Monastery.
Israel Demir stands on his back porch in Kafro.
The youngest Demir plays games on an iPad with his friend.
A nun leaves the church at Mor Jakup Monastery after services.

The nun is one of only a few devotees that remain at this monastery. Tens of thousands of Christians have left the tenuous situation in Southeast Turkey for the relative safety and prosperity of Europe and the US. The monastery was built in 419 CE.

March 12, 2017

Father Daniel Tekin walks toward the church at Mor Jakup (est. 419 CE) for noon prayer services.

March 12, 2017

A 300-year old Turoyo prayer book in the town of Mizazah.

March 13, 2017

Children play soccer near Ayyubid mosques in Hasankeyf. Many residents of Hasankeyf were christian until the last several decades, when they converted or moved away.

These mosques, along with much of the historic city, will be inundated when the Ilısu Dam is completed next year.

March 6, 2017

Deacon Ayhan Gürkan guides students at Mor Barsaumo in their study of the Turoyo language.

March 27, 2017

Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language

March 27, 2017

Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language

March 27, 2017

Students at Mor Barsaumo study the Turoyo language.

March 27, 2017

The families of students leave after the afternoon service at Mor Barsaumo.

March 27, 2017

Salah Gümüs works at Sabo Şüryani Sarap Evi (Sabo Assyrian Wine House) in Midyat.

The monasteries in the region have produced wines for more than a thousand years. With the emigration of Syriac christians from the region, the supply and the demand are waning. 

A father and son tend the vinyards of Mor Hobil Monastery, Midyat.
A muslim newlywed couple leaves the courtyard of Mor Hobil Monastery.

March 26, 2017

Israel Demir stands on his back porch in Kafro.

Kafro is a hamlet comprised of Syriac returnees from Europe. Mr. Demir, who is originally from Tur Abdin, returned from Germany in 2006. He had spent 27 years in Germany and had been a successful machinist. In 2011, Israel was shot by a Kurdish pastoralist whom Israel was trying to remove from his land. Still, Israel says he is not scared, and maintains a hope for the return of other diaspora Christians to Tur Abdin. 

March 13, 2017

The youngest Demir plays games on an iPad with his friend.

The youngest member of the Demir family, Israel's son (L), was born in Tur Abdin. Israel and his wife have four children, two sons and two daughters. As one of the sons, this boy will be expected to remain to raise a family in Kafro.

March 13, 2017

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