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Archimandrit Emanuel Youkhana

Gründer und Exekutivdirektor des irakischen christlichen Hilfswerkes CAPNI



* 06.01.1959 Dohuk / Iraq

School & Education:

  • 1965-1970         Primary School in Dohuk and Mosul - Iraq
  • 1970-1976         Secondary and High School in Mosul - Iraq
  • 1977-1981         Engineering College - Baghdad University- Iraq


  • 1976-1979        Church education and training for deacon
  • 25.12.1979       Ordained as deacon in the Assyrian Church of the East
  • 1983-1987        Church education and training for priesthood
  • 15.08.1987       Ordained as priest in the Assyrian Church of the East
  • 1987-1994        Parish priest in Semele, Sarsink, Barwar, Mansoriya in Dohuk
  • 1996-1998        Parish priest in Germany and Austria
  • 03.01.2011       Ordained as Archimandrite for the Assyrian Church of the East
  • 03.2010 –
  • 09.2013            Archimandrite for the Assyrian Church of the East diocese - Lebanon
  • 03.01.2011 -     Secretary of the Literature Committee of the Assyrian Church of the East

Civic Society:

  • 1974-1981        Church youth committees in Mosul and Baghdad
  • 1976-1980        Assyrian Cultural Club – Baghdad
  • 1978-1980        Syriac Writers Union - Baghdad
  • 1992-1994        Assyrian Cultural Centre – Dohuk
  • 2001 - 2007      Iraqi Assyrian Coordinator for: The Society for Threatened Peoples GfbV
  • 2003 -               Iraqi Kurdistan Coordinator for: International Society for Human Rights IGFM
  • 2008                 Rewarded Stephanus Stiftung prize for the work towards persecuted Iraqi Christians
  • 2014 -               Iraqi Kurdistan Coordinator for World Council of Churches WCC

Humanitarian Work:

  • 1993                 Founder of Christian Aid Program – Nohadra – Iraq CAPNI
  • 1993 – 2014     CAPNI international public relations officer
  • 2004 -               Coordinator of humanitarian projects of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria and Württemberg in Iraq
  • 2014 -               CAPNI executive director

Conferences & Events  From year 2016, the earlier years are not included

  • 30.05.2016         European Parliament – Brussels: Public Hearing on minorities caught between the Syrian civil war and ISIS in Iraq and Syria
  • 23.09.2016         UN General Assembly - New York: Bearing Witness: Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Migration
  • 12.12.2016         UN Palace – Geneva: Protection Needs of Minorities from Syria and Iraq: presentation of a new report
  • 18.02.2017         Munich Security Conference MSC (Side event by Hanns Seidel Stiftung): Aleppo, Mosul and Beyond: What Future do Christians have in the Middle East
  • 21– 23.05.2017  German Foreign Ministry – Berlin: Responsibility of the Religions for Peace
  • 28-30.06.2017    European Parliament – Brussels: A Future for Christians in Iraq
  • 14.07.2017         UN – NY: Launch of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes
  • 07.09.2017         Die Zeit Forum – Hamburg: Podium Discussion: Wieviel Religion verträgt die Demokratie?
  • 11–14.11.2017   Schönblick – Germany: Christians Persecution Today
  • 15-17.11.2017    Ev. Akademie – Loccum: Fate & Future of Iraqi Kurdistan
  • 13-15.02.2018   UN Compound Vienna: Follow-up of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes
  • 17.02.2018        Munich – Germany: MSC side event with Misereor & ZFDForum on countering the terror using non-military solutions
  • 19.02.2018        Berlin – Germany: Parliamentary Breakfast with German MPs organized by Misereor & ZFDForum on countering the terror using non-military solutions
  • 23-24.02.2018   Die Zeit Forum – Hamburg: Podium Discussion: Future of Religion.
                              Presentation & Discussion on CAPNI role in saving Christian community in Iraq

Further Information:

  • Giving many presentations, newspapers, radios and TV interviews about Iraqi Christians in Iraqi, Lebanese, German and other European institutions, channels, newspapers, etc.
  • Coordinating many documentary films about Iraqi Christians
  • Participating in many round table meetings and discussions about Iraqi and Middle East Christians
  • Writing with Father Shlimon Isho Khoshaba the first Arabic – Syriac dictionary
  • Writing other four linguistic and literature books
  • Writing and publishing articles on different issues, mainly the situation and future of Iraqi Christian Assyrians

Letzte Veranstaltung mit Archimandrit Emanuel Youkhana

16 Mai 2018

Einsatz für die Religionsfreiheit

Der Kongress der CDU/CSU-Fraktion im Deutschen Bundestag „Einsatz für die Religionsfreiheit – Eine Zukunft für Christen und Jesiden im Nordirak“, zu dem ich Sie für Mittwoch, den 21. März 2018, von 14.00 bis 16.30 Uhr eingeladen hatte, muss verschoben werden. #Religionsfreiheit