NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM - August 21

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism - August 21

NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM

On August 21st, International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism honors the lives changed forever by acts of terrorism.

Victims of terrorism often feel neglected and forgotten when the aftermath of a terrorist attack fades. These victims struggle for their voices to be heard and their rights to be upheld. Many of them need financial, physical, and psychological help. Some of them lose loved ones. These terrorist attack victims frequently do not have the resources to recover fully.

It’s good news that terror attacks are declining. However, hundreds of people continue to die or get injured during terrorist attacks. In 2018, four major terror attacks killed and wounded hundreds of people around the world. Besides these significant attacks, many smaller ones killed and injured several more.

Most terrorist attacks include political, ideological, or religious motivation. Some who commit these acts often feel they are victims of social injustice. They might also feel angry, alienated, or disenfranchised. No matter what the reason for terrorist attacks, many people suffer as a result.

To commemorate this day, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), together with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) will be screening a documentary that focuses on the victims and survivors of Boko Haram in Cameroon. The UNOCT/UNCCT and the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism will also host a photo exhibition and lecture.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfRemembranceAndTribute

While the common person doesn’t have the tools to stop terrorist attacks. However, you can do your part by trying to understand those who are different from you. Understanding one another does a lot to diminish hatred between different races or religions. Pause on this day to remember the victims of terrorist attacks around the world. Give to relief organizations that help victims of terror attacks. If you know a victim of a terrorist attack, be sure to tell them about the United Nations’ Support Portal.

Don’t forget to share this important day on social media by using #InternationalDayOfRemembranceAndTribute

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
AND TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM HISTORY

In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly designated August 21 as the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. That year alone, nearly 75% of all terrorism-related deaths occurred in just five countries. These countries included Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalis, and Syria. The day was set aside to strengthen solidarity with terror victims in these countries and others.