Susan Korah

Susan Korah is an Ottawa-based journalist. She has a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University and a special interest in freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression. She is a Suriani, an Orthodox Christian of the Syriac/Aramaic rite.

Bio last updated September 24th, 2021.

Susan Korah

Articles by Susan Korah

  • Miracle on the Gaza Strip

    Thanks to activist groups, 50 Palestinian Christians will join family in the West Bank for Christmas. In the fraught area where Christ was born, that is a small miracle, Susan Korah writes.

    The Israeli government, citing reasons of national security, has imposed severe travel restrictions on residents of the Gaza Strip, a narrow strip of land on the Mediterranean coast, controlled by Hamas and separated by 115 km from the West Bank,  also considered to be part of the Palestinian Territ...

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  • A Journey to the Bleeding Heartland

    In a monumental trip through the Middle East, Susan Korah finds resolve to continue advocating for an end to persecution of Christians. 

    The nearly 2000-year old Syriac Orthodox Church of India, in which I was raised, is an integral part of the ancient Syriac Christian denomination despite the geographic distance from its centres in the Middle East to Kerala, a province on the southwestern coast of India Wearing the distinctive black...

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  • Syria Hits Situation Critical

     Susan Korah says the time for Canada to act is close to half-past too late for Syria’s suffering. 

    Driven by unshakeable faith in God and an unflinching determination to help Christians and other Middle Eastern minorities such as Yazidis and Mandaens, Kino and his volunteers coordinate their humanitarian aid efforts in partnership with the Syriac League, a Beirut-based non-profit organization tha...

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  • Honouring Shahbaz Bhatti, Servant of God

    Convivium contributor Susan Korah says recognizing the Pakistani martyr by naming a park after him is but a first step in fulfilling the legacy of his fight for religious freedom.

    The Canadian chapter of International Christian Voice hosted the event to recognize the contributions of religious minorities to Pakistan and also to emphasize that Canadians have a role to play in addressing the contrast between the dream of Pakistan’s founder, and the nightmare of religious persec...

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  • What We Owe the Victims of ISIS

    The Yazidi people of the Middle East deserve justice and respect, not just sympathy or pity, for fighting so valiantly with the West, writes Convivium contributor Susan Korah.

    With the added lustre of support from Amal Clooney, the glamorous, brilliantly articulate international human rights lawyer (who has taken on the cause of Yazidi women victims of human trafficking) and her own Nobel prize win, Murad has an undeniable star quality, Clarfield said They include a progr...

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  • Is Canada Deaf to Religious Persecution?

    In a world awakening to the catastrophe of anti-faith violence, Canada has apparently hit the snooze button on the alarm, reports Convivium contributor Susan Korah.

    “The dissolution of the Office of Religious Freedom (held by Andrew Bennett under the previous Conservative government) damaged Canada’s credibility at a time when we were establishing ourselves as international leaders in religious freedom, and failure to acknowledge specifically that Christians fa...

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  • Following The Yellow Arrows

    Eighty-year-old Betty Hope Gittens walked the Camino with a God-given strength and the assurance that He would be with her through every step of the way – a journey she compares to walking the way of God’s will for her life.

    Rudy Gittens, turned their Ottawa home into a place of loving care for her aging parents and an aunt Her journey is a metaphor for her own life journey, which has always been guided by faith, hope and love Powered by the unshakable faith she acquired growing up in a Christian family, she walked the ...

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  • Tiny Taiwan Stands Up to Anti-Faith Tyranny

    In a week when Quebec has passed into law its oppressive Bill 21, Convivium contributor Susan Korah argues all eyes in Canada should be on Taiwan’s unfailing support for full religious freedom.

    He probably would have been ecstatic had he been present at the second event, the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, co-hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, and several Taiwanese and international  NGOs The second conference concluded with a group of religious and civil society le...

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  • Cracks in Canada’s Media Freedom

    The good news, Convivium contributor Susan Korah reports, is Canadian journalists aren’t murdered like their global colleagues. The bad news is subtle intimidation and harassment that lets the powerful keep their secrets.

    However, Canadian journalists are not free from more subtle forms of intimidation and harassment, even though our politicians routinely sing the praises of press freedom as a cornerstone of democracy, and smugly criticize foreign countries where journalists are jailed or gunned down for doing their ...

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  • Speaking of Christchurch

    Marking the month’s passage since Muslims at prayer were attacked and murdered in New Zealand’s largest city, Convivium contributor Susan Korah hopes it will provoke a common outcry against the violence that afflicts all faith communities.

    The world would become a Utopia, and people of diverse faiths, or no faith at all, would live in peace, if all political and faith leaders, media organizations and ordinary citizens followed the example of Prime Minister Ardern and the people of New Zealand; if they would all say “You, you’re us,” a...

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  • Refugees By Any Name

    Canadian Elizabeth Woods is leading a Jesuit Refugee Service urban support program in Jordan, writes Convivium contributor Susan Korah. In the spirit of accompanying displaced people on their journey, this service offers personalized services and visits with follow-ups to refugee families. 

    The problem, Woods told Convivium, is that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Jordan is no longer issuing official refugee status to all refugees The Canadian leader of a Jesuit support program for refugees and displaced people in Jordan wants Ottawa to stop demanding the designation...

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  • From Nightmare to Nobel for Nadia Murad

    Convivium contributor Susan Korah traces the ascent of the young Yazidi woman whose escape from horrifying sex slavery at the hands of ISIS has brought her a date in December where she’ll be given the Nobel Prize in the presence of the King of Sweden.

    Abbas and Murad were among several thousand survivors flown into Germany through a program established in 2014 for Yazidi victims of ISIS atrocities I have never met Nadia Murad, but I came close to hearing of her experience first-hand when I met and interviewed one of her fellow Yazidi survivors, F...

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  • Parliament without a Resolution

    Convivium contributor Susan Korah reflects on the Parliament of the World’s Religions that drew an estimated 10,000 people to Toronto last week. What, she wonders, is the benefit for those outside the religious tent or, worse, those who fall prey to the darker side of faith?

    But the question remains: how can these messages reach and touch the hearts and minds of people who were obviously not present at this festival of interfaith fellowship, who politicize and distort the teachings of the world’s spiritual traditions and unleash orgies of violence and destruction on the...

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  • Faith To Combat Division

    Convivium contributor Susan Korah is at the week-long Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto where an expected 10,000 attendees are getting a message about finding common ground through diverse faiths.

    Karen Hamilton, ex-officio General Secretary to the Canadian Council of Churches, reinforced the call to action by people of faith and conviction, arguing that that their combined voices would form  a potent force  to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world ...

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  • World Religions At Home in Toronto

    More than 10,000 visitors are expected as the Parliament of World Religions opens its doors in Canada’s largest city next week, Convivium contributor Susan Korah reports.

    The Catholic Church is well positioned to send a strong message of inclusion and love, according MacCarthy and his colleagues on the Parliament of World Religions planning committee of the Archdiocese of Toronto  “Hospitality and inclusion have always been built into the church in Toronto,” says Nei...

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  • The Fires This Time

    With the annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom being held in Ottawa this evening, Convivium contributor Susan Korah reports on film-maker Jordan Allott’s documentation of Iraqi Christians “caught between two fires” and threatened with extinction while Canada looks the other way.

    With diminishing financial support, Ashti 2, the last church-run camp in Erbil available for Christians, was dismantled in early September, leaving the internally displaced who had not already left for Jordan with virtually no option but to return to their home towns such as Quaraqosh It has extingu...

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  • Canada’s Complicity in Christian Cleansing

    A future Canadian prime minister might one day apologize for our role in the conspiracy of silence surrounding the genocide of Syriac Christians, writes Convivium contributor Susan Korah. By then, she warns, Christ’s followers could be extinct in the very lands where Jesus walked.

    A motion introduced in parliament by then interim Leader of the Opposition Conservative Party Rona Ambrose in June 2016 to declare ISIS atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other Middle Eastern minorities a genocide was defeated 166-139, with the Prime Minister and most Liberal MPs voting agai...

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