Sam Sweeney

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March 05, 2021
Ultimately, the future of Aramaic as a living language is tied to the future of those speaking it. As the speakers of the language have fled the Middle East to America, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere, the language has traveled with them. But it will be difficult for it to survive so far away from its homeland.
March 04, 2021
In places like northeastern Syria, southern Turkey, and northern Iraq, local dialects remain the spoken language of surviving but dwindling communities.
March 04, 2021
Iraq's Christians are heirs of a long linguistic tradition that dates back well before Christ, a tradition now tied to their fate.
January 22, 2021
ISIS destroyed the village church of Tel Hormiz, one of the last homes of the Church of the East. Sam Sweeney Reports
May 02, 2019
The churches of Raqqa lie in ruins following the defeat of ISIS. But remarkably the city’s Christian community has survived. Before the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Raqqa was home to hundreds of Christian families. Today there are a mere 30 or so individuals, almost all men. It’s not just the churches that have been