Ninos Aho (Classical Syriac: ܢܝܢܘܣ ܐܚܐ; April 24, 1945 – July 15, 2013), was an Assyrian poet and activist. He is recognized one of the pioneers of the modern Assyrian nationalistic movement.

Ninos Aho
Born(1945-04-24)April 24, 1945
Gerkeh-Shamo, Syria
DiedJuly 15, 2013(2013-07-15) (aged 68)
OccupationAssyrian Activist and Poet


Malfono Ninos Aho was born to an Assyrian family in the small village of Gerkeh-Shamo in Syria. He moved to Qamishli and later to Damascus in order to continue his studies. In 1971, Aho emigrated to the United States. After residing in the United States for twenty years, Malfono Ninos returned to Syria with his wife, Ogareet, and their four children in order to authentically promote his belief in the Assyrian cause. In 2001, Aho and his family returned to the United States when Aho was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he died due to complications on July 15, 2013 in San Pedro, CA.[1]

Works and activismEdit

Malfono Ninos Aho was involved in Assyrian nationalist activism at an early age. He joined the Assyrian Democratic Organization in 1961 during an underground assembly. In order to circumvent official crackdown on non-Arab nationalist sentiments he utilized his poems to be recited by local Syriac Orthodox church choirs in order to reach the public.[2] He gained wider popularity after emigrating to the United States and his poems were performed by prominent Middle Eastern musicians such as Ninib A. Lahdo and Wadi al-Safi.[3]

Most of his poems like ''Grain of wheat (ܚܒܬܐ ܕܚܢܛܐ, Ḥabṯo D'Ḥeṭo) were written in Western Syriac vernacular, while others like New Assyrian (ܐܬܘܪܝܐ ܚܕܬܐ, Āturāyā Khātā) in the eastern vernacular.[4]


  1. ^ وداعا نينوس احو…ابن القامشلي البار .. يودع الحرف والقصيدة (in Arabic). Zahrira. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  2. ^ البرازي, فاروق (18 July 2013). رحيل الشاعر السرياني السوري نينوس آحو (in Arabic). Al-Mustaqbal. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Anthology of poems by Ninos Aho". Beth Suryoyo. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  4. ^ وفاة الشاعر الكبير والناشط السياسي نينوس احو (in Arabic). Ishtar TV. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.

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