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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

Einsatz für die Religionsfreiheit - Kongress am 21.03.2018
Bildquelle: picture alliance / dpa

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

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