Story: Middle Eastern peoples

Helping Assyrian refugees

Helping Assyrian refugees

A small number of Assyrian Christians have settled in Wellington, after escaping persecution in Muslim-dominated Iraq. Samir Sada and his family were helped to settle in by volunteer Andrea Hall (left), shown here in 1989 with her young daughter Vanessa and Samir’s mother-in-law Samira (centre). At the time, Samir was happy that many of his family had arrived in Wellington, but still had bad memories of the Iraq–Iran War. ‘There are Assyrians in Iran too. We Christian, they Christian, we fight each other without being enemies. Just the governments are enemies.’

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1989/3389/15
Photograph by Mark Round

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James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, 'Middle Eastern peoples - Other Middle Eastern peoples', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015