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Tel Keppe (also spelled Tel Keipeh) (Classical Syriac: ܬܠ ܟܐܦܐ Tal Kepe, Arabic: تل كيف Tal Kaif), is one of the largest historically Assyrian towns in Iraq. It is located in the Ninawa Governorate, less than 8 miles North East of Mosul (Nineveh) in northern Iraq.
Tel Keppnias Today
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Starting in the 1980s and especially after the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Invasion of Iraq, many Chaldean Catholics from Tel Keppe fled to many countries, but primarily the United States. They set up their lives there with new churches and business for their families.
In The United States
As of 2004 many of the Chaldeans in Metro Detroit trace their origins to Tel Keppe. According to the estimates of a priest of Tel Keppe's Sacred Heart Chaldean Rite Catholic Church, there were 10,000 worshipers in the late 1950s and this decreased to 2,000 around 2004. He said that "Many people don’t want to go from here; they cry that they have to go… But you almost have to leave these days because your family probably already is in Detroit."
Famous Tel Keppnias
There are and have been many famous Tel Keppnias in the United States, within Iraq, and elsewhere.
- Chaldean Patriarch Joseph II Marouf (1667–1713).
- Author and explorer, Mary Terez Asmar, born in 1806. Published her memoir "Babylonian Princess" in English in 1844.
- Poet Toma Taqteq, died in 1860.
- Fr. Shemoel Jamil (1847–1917), who was in charge of all Chaldean monasteries.
- Journalist Maryam Narmy, born in 1890. Published first Iraqi women's issues "Arabian Woman" newspaper in 1937.
- Yousif Malik, one of the leaders of the Assyrian movement in Iraq during the 1930s. Author of "The British Betrayal of the Assyrians".
- Joseph Hirmis Jammo, author of "Nineveh's Ruins or History of TalKayf" published in 1937.
- Journalist Alexander Marouf.
- Rofael Babu Ishaq, born in 1893 and author of "History of Iraqi Christians". Died in 1964.
- Father Michael Bazzi: Pastor of St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic cathedral in El Cajon, California.
- Mar Emannuel III Delly: Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans.
- Mar Gabrial Kassab: Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand for the Chaldean Catholic Church.
- Mar Ramzi Garmo: Archbishop of Tehran - Iran for the Chaldean Church of the East.
- Mar Ibrahim Ibrahim: Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church for the Eastern United States.
- Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo: Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church for Western United States
- Faraj Jajo: Renowned engineer and published scholar.
- Shaun Mansour: Founder of ROD and highly recognized leader of the community.
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- "Arab, Chaldean, and Middle Eastern Children and Families in the Tri-County Area." (Archive) From a Child's Perspective: Detroit Metropolitan Census 2000 Fact Sheets Series. Wayne State University. Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2004. p. 2/32. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.