Once they thrived in ancient Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Now the Assyrians are a religious minority, often under attack from ISIL in their modern day’s home in Iraq and Syria.
They follow the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East and many were part of Australia’s recent refugee intake.
Forty kilometres from downtown Sydney, is St Hurmizd.
It’s the only school in the world offering Assyrian faith and language classes. And in in 15 years it’s grown from 85 pupils to more than 700.
Siobhan Hegarty went along.
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