The ceremony was beautiful, a really nice mix of Assyrian, Swedish and even English (which came as a shock) and a long day of pain and tears finished with a 40 day memorial (Assyrian tradition) and we were home in Norrköping for 22:30.
The highlight, emotionally, of the day was Fuat’s father’s playing of his Assyrian flute for his son. He couldn’t finish the tune he was playing but while he was there was a resonance and energy in the church like nothing I have ever felt before.
There were seats for 600 people in the church and it was full by 11:30 (service at 12:00) There were two hundred outside and, if it had not been for the fact that it was a weekday, that the family members of the murderer didn’t attend and if there had not been miscommunication in many people thinking they weren’t welcome, then the number could have approached 2,000.
3,000,000 people around the world watched the funeral live on satellite TV. Amazing, a truly amazing event.
Maddoc didn’t come, as his auntie made the decision to stay in Norrköping with him and her daughter Heather – they had lots of fun watching films, playing, shopping, having a bath, etc.
There is a fund that will be starting up – set up by the Assyrian organisations in Sweden to help Assyrians studying further education – primarily in Fuat’s areas of expertise: Sociology, democracy, multi-culturalism and anything to do with the subject of the Assyrian people’s history.
The bank giro number for this in Sweden is: 241-8770
Outside Sweden the process is as such:
Bank – Swedbank
IBAN – SE53 8000 0832 7990 44103035
BIC – SWEDESS
The Assyrian priest at the end of the day said the most simple, poetic sentence of the day:
Sleep well teacher (using an Assyrian word of great respect for teacher – malfono)