Story: Middle Eastern peoples

Assyrian reunion, 1991

Assyrian reunion, 1991

Wellington’s small Assyrian community gained more members in the early 1990s as refugees arrived from the trials of war, poverty and persecution in Iraq. Many smiling and tearful members of the 500-strong community were there to meet their relatives and ease them into their new lives. Here, Warjo Khoshaba welcomes her mother Goliscan Odisho at Wellington Airport.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Politics-Immigration-Refugees-01
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James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, 'Middle Eastern peoples - Other Middle Eastern peoples', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

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