Avzrog

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Coordinates: 37°01′11″N 42°30′33″E / 37.01972°N 42.50917°E / 37.01972; 42.50917

Avzruk (Arabic: أفزروك‎, Syriac: ܐܒܙܪܘܓ, Kurdish: Avzarok) is a village in the Iraqi province of Dohuk and is 30km from Zakho. Avzrog has a total population of about 300 people and is located in the Sulaivany area in the western part of Dohuk. The Sulaivany area is situated between Sumail and the mountains south of Zakho.

The village is composed of two parts, the largest being that of the Armenians known as Avzruk Miri and the other of Assyrians, known as Avzruk sheno and is 10 km away from the Armenian village. The Armenian inhabitants speak Kurdish rather than Armenian whilst the Assyrian people speak Aramaic. All the people are Christian.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the village comes from the Kurdish language; av means water and zrog - yellow.

History[edit]

It was built for the first time in 1932 when the Armenians of Zakho and its suburbs decided to establish the village and settle in it.

The village was destroyed in 1975 and the people were forced to flee. They were replaced by Arab tribes as a part of the arabisation policy of Saddam Hussein’s regime[citation needed]. The arabisation policy was concentrated in the region of Sulaivany[citation needed].

Following 1991, with northern Iraq out of control of the central regime protected by the UN and administered by a local government, the Arab tribes fled the region and returned to their original homes, predominantly south of Mosul.


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