Ninos Aho

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Ninos Aho
Born (1945-04-24)April 24, 1945
Gerkeh-Shamo, Syria
Died July 15, 2013(2013-07-15) (aged 68)
San Pedro, Los Angeles
Nationality Assyrian
Occupation Assyrian poet and activist

Ninos Aho (Syriac: ܢܝܢܘܣ ܐܚܘ) (April 24, 1945 – July 15, 2013), was an Assyrian poet and activist.

Biography[edit]

He was born to an Assyrian family in the small village of Gerkeh-Shamo in Syria. He moved to Qamishli and later to Damascus in order to continue his studies. In 1971, Aho emigrated to the United States. After residing in the United States for twenty years, Malfono Ninos returned to Syria with his wife, Ogareet, and their four children in order to authentically promote his belief in the Assyrian cause. In 2001, Aho and his family returned to the United States when Aho was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he died due to complications in July 15, 2013 in San Pedro, CA.[1]

Works and activism[edit]

Aho was involved in Assyrian nationalist activism at an early age. He joined the Assyrian Democratic Organization in 1961 during an underground assembly. In order to circumvent official crackdown on non-Arab nationalist sentiments he utilized his poems to be recited by local Syriac Orthodox church choirs in order to reach the public.[2] He gained wider popularity after emigrating to the United States and his poems were performed by prominent Middle Eastern musicians such as Ninib A. Lahdo and Wadi al-Safi.[3]

Most of his poems like ''Grain of wheat (ܚܒܬܐ ܕܚܢܛܐ, Ḥabṯo D'Ḥeṭo) were written in Western Syriac vernacular, while others like New Assyrian (ܐܬܘܪܝܐ ܚܕܬܐ, Āturāyā Khātā) in the eastern vernacular.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ وداعا نينوس احو…ابن القامشلي البار .. يودع الحرف والقصيدة (in Arabic). Zahrira. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ البرازي, فاروق (18 July 2013). رحيل الشاعر السرياني السوري نينوس آحو (in Arabic). Al-Mustaqbal. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anthology of poems by Ninos Aho.". Beth Suryoyo. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ وفاة الشاعر الكبير والناشط السياسي نينوس احو (in Arabic). Ishtar TV. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 

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