UN chief: Victims, survivors of terrorism must never be forgotten

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shows the third report of his Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance over the Ukraine conflict at the UN headquarters in New York, on Aug. 3, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that victims and survivors of terrorism must never be forgotten.

"On this international day and every day, let us make sure that victims and survivors are always heard and never forgotten. And let us do everything we can to prevent more victims in the future," the UN chief said in his video message for the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, observed on Aug. 21 annually.

The international day "is a day of reflection, recognition and action. We reflect on the pain and suffering of those who lost loved ones; and we resolve to listen to them and learn from them," he said.

"We commit to support survivors scarred by heinous acts of terrorism by amplifying their voices, protecting their rights and seeking justice. And by mobilizing member states to provide the legal, medical, psychosocial, or financial support they need to heal and live with dignity."

The theme of this international day focuses on the importance of memories, said Guterres. "Too often victims feel abandoned after the initial shock of a terrorist attack. It is our collective responsibility to remember and honor victims and survivors."

Guterres said that he looks forward to learning and hearing directly from survivors about their needs and challenges, at the Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism next month.

The International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism was established by the UN General Assembly in 2017. It designated Aug. 21 as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, in order to honor the victims and survivors of terrorism.

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