UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday called for a “long-term and multi-faceted” support to victims and survivors of terrorism.
Guterres made the call in a message to mark the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.
He noted that those affected by terrorism needed assistance to enable them “heal, recover, rebuild their lives and help others.”
To this end, he advocated partnerships between the UN and regional bodies with governments and Civil Society Organisations to provid the needed succour.
“Supporting victims of terrorism is one way in which we live up to our responsibility to defend their rights and our common humanity.
“By listening to them, we can learn more about how to unite our communities against terrorism.
“Let us reflect on the lives that have been changed forever as a result of terrorism
“Let us commit to showing victims that they are not alone, and that the international community stands in solidarity with them where ever they may be.
“In their call for healing and justice, they speak for all of us,” he said.
The UN General Assembly had set aside Aug. 21 annually as the International Day to honour and support victims and survivors of terrorism.
The event also seeks to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law to prevent and combat terrorism.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a commemorative photo exhibition held at the UN Headquarters in New York as part of the event.
Guterres said scars of terrorism “run deep, and while they may fade with time, they never disappear”.
He noted that terrorism in all forms and manifestations, remained a global challenge, causing lasting damage to individuals, families and communities.
He painted a picture of “horrific attacks” in Kabul, Cairo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and other locations around the Lake Chad Basin and around the world.
The UN said that many innocent lives had been “tragically cut short by these ruthless atrocities. ”
Guterres had earlier in the year met with survivors of terrorist attacks whose “courage and resilience” obviously moved him.
“Their message was clear and simple: Let us turn these harrowing experiences into powerful and positive forces for change.
“Victims and survivors throughout the world show great resilience, courage, and spirit, forging global alliances.
“They are addressing and countering false narratives spread by terrorists, and raising their voices against the threat of terrorism and the absence of justice,” he said.
NAN reports that some survivors of terror attacks participated in the event, sharing their experiences and denouncing hatred.