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Pompeo, UNGA president salute victims of terrorism, urge more support



U.S. Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo, and the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Ms Maria Espinosa, have expressed solidarity with victims and survivo&rs of terrorism.

In separate messages to mark the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on Wednesday, Pompeo and Espinosa saluted the “strength and resilience” of those affected.

The UN General Assembly set aside Aug. 21 annually as the International Day to honour and support victims and survivors of terrorism.

The 2019 edition is dedicated to honoring the resilience of victims and their families.

“We express our solidarity with the victims of terrorism and their families, and condemn the suffering caused by terrorism around the world.

“The State Department will continue to work with our partner governments, international organisations and civil society, to provide victims of terrorism and their families with the necessary support and assistance.

“We honor the strength and resilience of these victims and their families and the important role their engagement and voices contribute to preventing the recruitment and radicalization of potential terrorists,” Pompeo said.

On her part, Espinosa recounted her experience with a 15-year-old survivor she identified as Halimsa/ during her recent visit to Chad.

She said Halima, who is currently a gender activist, refused to become a suicide bomber while in the captivity of terrorists, and upon her release, became a paralegal.

“The PGA said that she felt inspired by Halima, who is a true example of resilience and strength to the world,” the spokesperson, Ms Monica Grayley, told newsmen in New York on Wednesday.

She said as a paralegal, Halima had helped hundreds of women and girls to escape extremism and terrorism, and to combat gender-based violence.

She does this by her work with educational activities, according to the PGA.

Espinosa said more should be done to tackle terrorism, and to support victims “as they try to recover from violence and trauma and to rebuild their lives”.