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Marking the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, UN chief António Guterres said “traumatic memories cannot be erased, but we can help victims and survivors by seeking truth and justice, lifting their voices and upholding their dignity." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Close up, UN flag

21 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, event
3.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Traumatic memories cannot be erased, but we can help victims and survivors by seeking truth and justice, lifting their voices and upholding their dignity. We must do more to support victims and survivors of terrorism so they can rebuild their lives and heal. This means partnering with civil society and community organizations that do excellent work in this area.”
4. Med shot, Geterres at podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“We must be equally steadfast in our pursuit of solutions and be guided by the voices of victims and survivors in all our efforts. Let this moment be one of reflection, recognition and action. Let us do everything we can to ensure that the plight of victims of terrorism is no longer a forgotten one.”
6. Wide shot, event
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adela Raz, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations:
“On this day, we reiterate our firm commitment to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestation, to the recognition and support of victims of terrorism and their families.”
8. Wide shot, Sarah Tikolo walking to the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Tikolo, Victims of terrorism:
“I would like to ask the United Nations to help all the victims to receive proper compensations, to help us rebuild our lives, particularly in getting an education and providing support to help others who go through trauma, both in short-term, but most importantly in the long-term.”
10. Wide shot, Guterres shaking hands with Tikolo
11. Various shots, photo exhibition

STORYLINE:

Marking the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, UN chief António Guterres said “traumatic memories cannot be erased, but we can help victims and survivors by seeking truth and justice, lifting their voices and upholding their dignity. “

Speaking at the opening of a photo exhibition “Surviving Terrorism: the Power of Resilience” today (21 Aug), UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the threat of terrorism and violent extremism is among the most complex challenges.

He stated that in recent months, the world has witnessed horrific attacks in Kabul and Cairo, Nigeria and Burkina Faso and other locations around the Lake Chad Basin and around the world. He shared sympathies to the families of the victims of the Kabul attack last week, and his thoughts are with them and with all the victims and survivors of such ruthless atrocities, which cause lasting damage to families, communities and nations as a whole.

Guterres reiterated, “we must do more to support victims and survivors of terrorism so they can rebuild their lives and heal. This means partnering with civil society and community organizations that do excellent work in this area.”

Next year, the United Nations will host a Congress of Victims of Terrorism. It will be a unique opportunity to listen to people from around the world and strengthen collective resolve to be impactful.

The UN chief said, “we must be equally steadfast in our pursuit of solutions and be guided by the voices of victims and survivors in all our efforts.”

He added, “let this moment be one of reflection, recognition and action. Let us do everything we can to ensure that the plight of victims of terrorism is no longer a forgotten one.”

Afghan Ambassador Adela Raz whose country has been in the front line fighting against terrorism said “on this day, we reiterate our firm commitment to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestation, to the recognition and support of victims of terrorism and their families.”

Also present was Sarah Tikolo from Kenya. On 7 August 1998, her husband Geoffrey Moses Namai was killed in the attack against the United States Embassy in Nairobi.

Tikolo said “I would like to ask the United Nations to help all the victims to receive proper compensations, to help us rebuild our lives, particularly in getting an education and providing support to help others who go through trauma, both in short-term, but most importantly in the long-term.”

This year, the second commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism focus on the resilience of victims and their families- how they have coped and what they have done to transform their experiences to aid healing and recovery as well as become stronger and more united against terrorism.

To observe the International Day, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism will launch a photographic exhibition on August 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The exhibition features victims’ statements and stories demonstrating their individual journey and experience of resilience.

The photo exhibit will be displayed along the South Wall of the Conference Building at UN Headquarters from 19-30 August 2019.
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