On August 9, 2016, Australia is going to count its inhabitants in a new census. Since last census in 2011, the name ”Chaldean” is officially an own ethnicity and language. Before that Australia classified all Assyrian denominations as Assyrian and nothing else, says Dr. Nicholas al-Jeloo, who has launched an informative video clip to urge every Assyrian to use the ethnic Assyrian name. He also rejects the recent statement of the Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Sako that there are no more than 10.000 Assyrians (i.e Nestorian Assyrians) in Iraq, while the Nineveh Plains and Baghdad are inhabited by members of the Syrian Orthodox and Chaldean churches, and that the Assyrians are according to Patriarch Sako extremists, because they consider the Chaldeans as Assyrians.
Same problem appeared in US Census 2000 when the name ”Syriac” for the first time became an own category outside the Assyrian ethnicity.
In following video clips you can watch Dr. Nicholas al-Jeloo informing about the registration of your ethnicity in the upcoming census:
Eastern Assyrian – Iraqi Koine Dialect (Surit)
Eastern Assyrian – Nineveh Plains Dialect (Sureth)
Western Assyrian – Tur-’Abdin Dialect (Surayt)
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