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Mardin’s Assyrians: The Epitome of Multicultural Society

Having grown up in Mardin, I'm used to different languages and cultural practices. I even got used to hearing three languages spoken at home at the same time; so much so that I did not consider my situation as "different." However, I witnessed one thing when I was very young that continues to perplex me to this day. It was Ramadan, and my grandma was fasting. We had a lovely neighbor, an Assyrian woman, who used to come to our home to drink tea and converse with my mother and grandmother. One day, she knocked on our door, and my grandma went to the kitchen to prepare tea as usual. Suddenly, she rushed into the kitchen and told my grandma:...

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