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‘Make sure the victims of terrorism are never forgotten’: UN chief |

Each year, acts of terrorism injure and kill thousands of innocent people. Despite international attention, those affected often struggle to access key physical, psychological, social and financial services.

Laura Dolci, a victim of the Canal Hotel bombing in Iraq in 2003, in which 22 UN personnel were killed and more than 100 injured, reported that “there are thousands of victims of terrorism and their families scattered in all regions of the world, struggling in their solitude with the scars of trauma and injury.

Remembering and honoring the victims of terrorism plays a central role in demonstrating that their status as victims is respected and recognized. This year’s Day coincides with the global transition from the public health emergency triggered by the COVID-19[feminine] pandemic, a crisis that is compounding the hardships already faced by victims of terrorism.

The theme for this year’s Day, chosen after consultation with victims, is “Memories”; memories connect people and signify our common humanity. When it comes to terrorism, memories of loss and pain bind communities together, enable the exchange of ideas and produce targeted solutions.

The UN’s focus on dealing with victims of terrorism is a key part of the organization’s strategy Global Counterterrorism Strategy. Victims of terrorism play a vital role in promoting international solidarity, preventing violent extremism and defending human rights.

When reviewing this strategy in 2021, the United Nations General Assembly noted the important role victims of terrorism play in creating targeted policies. The resolution adopted at the end of this review called on member states to develop a comprehensive national assistance plan for victims of terrorism, in particular historically oppressed groups.

In his final thoughts on the purpose of the UN, the Secretary-General stated that the purpose is to mobilize “Member States to provide whatever legal, medical, psychosocial or financial support they [victims of terrorism] need to heal and live with dignity.

Ms. Dolci also asserted that “helping victims of terrorism is not an act of charity: it should be a global commitment, rooted in state obligations and strongly supported by the United Nations.”