After Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke at the ACT! For America meeting in Orlando last Thursday, Sister Hatune Dogan was introduced to the audience and asked to say a few words about her mission and describe the work she does for persecuted Christians.
Sister Hatune is more fluent in German than English, so the following video has been transcribed and subtitled to make it clearer. The transcript is also available in .stl format in case anyone wants to modify it to produce subtitles in another language.
Good evening my dear sisters and brothers. I am glad and thankful today that I could stand here in front of you. Thanks for ACT! For America, thanks for Brigitte Gabriel and all who are helping her to bring an awareness of what is going on in the world.
I am Sister Hatune. I was born and raised in southeast Turkey. Until I was fourteen years old, under hard persecution because I am a Christian and Aramaic, my mother tongue is still Aramaic, Jesus’ language, not the English language. Under this persecution we had to flee from the country, from our homeland.
My village became Christian. Before that we were Jews, from Adine and Andraos in Jesus’ time. We became Christians. But now we don’t have any more of them there.
The Turkish government pretends to be liberal, because they would like to unite with Europe, but this is the most fanatical government on earth. I have my own own experience that when I talk — I went to the Turkish school, grammar school, five years. Even on Sundays, since Ataturk’s time, school was free of charge, but my village, I don’t. I went to a Christian school named Zaz, all of us, we were Christians. Because a Christian there has no right to hold a government job, our teacher was automatically a Muslim. Even on Sunday he didn’t let us go to the church. It was forbidden. If some of us went to the church, he warned us: “If you go, I will beat you!” And he sent either his son or some of the teacher’s children, and it was like biting our nail. If we went to the church on Monday, we got hit on the hand with a metal stick Can you imagine?
For five years I could not go to church But my father — thank God he was a good preacher — copied the preaching of the priest and told all of us, “Come, come children, before we make breakfast, first of all you have to hear the word of God, and then we will eat.” So we were strong Christians, but under the hard persecution of Muslims. Until the 9th century Turkey was completely Christian. Today it is 0.03% Christian Where are these Christians?
In the 6th and 7th century, in the Syrian Orthodox church, which I belong to, there were nearly 62 million people. Now we are reduced to half a million. Where are these people? Not because they became Muslims of their own free will — no, no, no! From the 10th to the 12th centuries these Christians — because the Muslims can slaughter, Elisabeth talked about this, and it was in the film — if they get a majority percentage, any Christian regardless of how much of a believer he is, will give in because it is hard to live under Muslim laws. And so the Christians in that time — 10th to 12th century — they had to carry a big wooden cross in the field, for 200 years. And the Christians said, “To be freed of this cross on our back, only with our mouth, not with our heart, we will say we are Muslim.” And so they did that, but automatically the second generation grew up as Muslim. And so complete cities in Turkey converted to Islam.
Where I stay today, it was Tor Abdin, in southeast Turkey. In this Tor Abdin, there were 352 villages, plain Christian because they said, “It was not worth it,” they call it Mount Hermite, this area. They [the Muslims] didn’t go there, because it was not worth going there. That is why there are still half a million there, but there used to be more, of course.
These villages were fully Christian. At the same time as the Armenian massacre in 1915, almost all of them were killed. There were some 700 families in the villages. None were left alive. And 3 million people, Christian Catholic, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, they killed them all, with the Armenians. They called it Armenian genocide. It was not [Armenian only]. They delegated the Armenian bishop to Lausanne. That is why they speak only of Armenians. But we, the Syrian Orthodox church, suffered the same way as the Armenians. Three million people.
Until today, Erdogan and the Turkish government say it didn’t happen. Whoever says it did has to appear before a judge, even a court or face jail, who says it was genocide. Even now, Erdogan says to our patriarch, if you don’t shut the mouth of your children, and continue to speak of genocide, there will be consequences. Even today our fighters are silent.
I spoke a bit about history in Turkey because so many people there don’t speak about Turkey. They speak about a country that they already know, as showing their, doing their rules. But Turkey has a thousand faces. But that is the Koran. The Koran says they have to to show faces, fatwa, and I can tell you I have experience.
I wrote a book called “Survival — My Mission to Save Iraqi Christians”. I am in charge of a foundation called “Helping Hands to the Poor and Persecuted”. Since 2005 I have worked in the Middle East and worldwide in 35 countries. The Middle East is the main focus now, since 2005. Tomorrow I will explain a little bit from my experience in this area. I will explain a little bit from my experience in this area.
In my trips, I go there to experience it personally, not to hear about this second- or third-hand. I go personally to see, to give courage to the people, to help them get aid from what is donated to me. That is the difference between our foundation and other foundations, that 100% of the donations goes to the correct place Because I use this money to give it away. 5,000 volunteers who work in 35 countries with me, everybody is a volunteer, even I. Our mission is to serve according to the Bible, Matthew 5:14, Jesus says, “If you serve the needy you are serving Me.” This is my life’s motto. There are folders with a business card in the back with the Bible verse.
I would like to tell you about an experience from last March. I have a lot of experience. I have over 8 million photos, each one with a story which I have collected myself. And also over 800 video clips, with slaughtered people, and those who did this are washing their hands in the blood of the Christians, the same ones they rape. I am a spiritual counselor and psychotherapist. I spoke with the ladies, to care for them. The ladies and the girls are suffering. I spoke to 218 girls personally. The youngest was 5½ years old. She was abused, kidnapped, and even now she does not speak a word. I met her when she was 7½. This story was also reported in the German media.
All of these girls are Christian. They were kidnapped, raped, abused; ransom was demanded. Some had their faces cut, in some of them half of the vagina was cut, in three of them the breasts were cut, in 13 of them I saw with my own eyes their vagina was cut after all they had endured. I am ashamed to talk about this, but but it is reality.
Elisabeth spoke the truth, we have to speak about the truth. And this is the truth I saw and heard with my own ears.
In my most recent trip I met a man. I wrote about him in my report. If you want to read it, take my business card and I will send it to you. This man is a Christian, and he went to his field near Aleppo to cut cut grass with his tractor. He saw on the road so many bodies without heads and the dogs were eating some of them. He was so shocked he went to another field, but it was the same.
I met this man in southeast Turkey. His name is Ablahad, he has four children, one son and three daughters, and his wife is a teacher. But this man became mad because he was thinking, “Tomorrow it could my daughter and my wife.” And he became really mad. Even yesterday his wife called me and said, “Please come help us. I don’t know what I should do.” He goes out and even in Turkey when he sees these covered people, and he became mad, and he hit himself. He broke his hand because he hit himself.
Not only this, I met in the Syrian border area a young man who was a Kurdish Muslim. His name is Mahmoud. I will not say his family name for security reasons. And this Mahmoud is 19 years old. He registered his name to study at a university, but he is on the waiting list. And he says, “Father, what shall I do? I have to do something” “Yes, go to the mosque, maybe they will give you something.” So he went there and the imam sent him to a jihadist camp in Gaziantap, and that is what he told me. He told me they told him that if you kill one unbeliever — a normal Muslim has 40 virgin girls if he dies — but if he kills one unbeliever, he will get 72! “I was dreaming to to have a life of sexual leisure, dreaming to be killed as soon as possible to have this life.” And he went to this jihad camp in Syria and there all his friends were killed and his closest friend put a bomb on his body, and he was ripped to pieces. And he thought, “Oh my God, this is… how could all all these pieces, even his penis, be put back together together to have sex? It is no longer possible, I think That is a lie.” And he came to think that it is not correct, what he heard.
He ran away to [place name]; he still lives there. He told me this story. He told me: “Sister, I cannot explain to you how they brainwash us. Everything is a lie. We fall down into these wells and we cannot get out.” Anyway, this is all of the experience for now but if you give me your information, I can give you material that has been translated. I cooperate here with “Rescue Christians”. If you would like to help, for PayPal use firstname.lastname@example.org, that is my PayPal address, and we will stay in touch We have to fight for our Christian rights, for human rights.
Like Elisabeth told you, we have to resist the Sharia and the Koran again In the Koran there are 97 verses against the unbeliever and there are 13 suras against those who are against the Koran. There is fear of those who question the Koran, and in 21 verses there is a warning to Muslims not to make friends with an unbeliever. I will tell you a story about that tomorrow.
And there are verses against the Christians who say God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, or that Jesus is the son of God. They have to be beheaded, the head cut off from the neck, no other interpretation. This is what the Muslims are doing. Normal Muslims, who are really Muslims, have to follow this rule. There will never be peace on Earth if these verses of the Koran are not stopped It is in the Koran, hadith and sunna 36,800 times, the words “cut”, “kill” or “attack”. How can there be peace on Earth?
American people, I don’t say I warn you, but please save your human rights. God bless you. We will stay in touch.
Previous posts about the Prayer March for Persecuted Christians, Orlando, May 2014:
|2014||May||15||ACT! for America meeting in Orlando|
|18||Prayer March Held in Orlando for Persecuted Christians|
|19||March and Rally for Persecuted Christians|
|21||A Passage to Orlando