Translated by : Aziz
The village of Bahzani
lies at the foot of a 2000 feet high Al-Faf Mountain some 20 km to the north
east of the city of Mosul. Its inhabitants are a mixture of Yazidis and
Christians numbering 7178 according to the 1987 census. The village is famous
for its olive trees.
Bahzani is mentioned in
Syriac references as Beth Hzooye ( the house of landscapes). This is not
surprising for the village overlooks the vast Plains of Nineveh to the banks of
the great River Tigris.
According to church
tradition, St. Thomas sent the missionary Adday to preach Christianity there
along with the district of Mosul. He therefore must have preached Christianity
in the area of Bahzani on his way to Adiabene (Erbil). There are still cells of
hermits and monks in the area testifying to its religious significance since
the early Christian periods.
At the beginning of the
13th century Genghis Khan attacked the district of Nineveh. Thus Bahzani,
like other areas, was victim to the invading Tatar causing destruction and
leading to some very dire conditions until 1261 when the Mongols came. Their
swords continued to shed more blood and cause destruction.
Today Bahzani has enjoyed
the care and attention of Mr. Sarkis Aghajan who offered the village great and
innumerable services such as the renovation of St. George’s church from inside
and outside giving the church a dazzling sight. He gave instructions to build a
hall for social occasions which was furnished and provided with the required equipment.
On Aghajan’s orders plots
of land were purchased to be used as cemeteries in addition to the purchase of
an orchard for agriculture. A house was also bought for church endowments. He
also helped the village to have access to the internet through the
establishment of a ciber café. The internet center was also provided with
first-quality computers and other equipment to serve the people of the village.
The church’s farm street was also paved. In addition, and due to the
interruption in the power supply, he gave instructions to purchase an electric
generator for the village hall for social occasions and another generator for
the Church of Mar Gorges. He also offered to buy a bus for carrying the
deceased to the cemetery and another mini bus for student transportation. He
was also generous towards the Scouts Team which was provided with musical
instruments and other equipment.