On International Day of Remembrance and
Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, Maat mourns hundreds of victims of terrorism in Africa during August
Okeil: Qatar is using investments in poor areas of Africa as a cover for financing of armed terrorist groups
“I ask that we all 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, wherever they may be. In their call for healing and justice, they speak for all of us.” These are the words of the UN Secretary-General to shed light on the devastating effects of terrorism. In the same manner, Maat has repeatedly condemned terrorism, terrorist groups and countries that support them.
As a member of the General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union and North Africa representative of NGO Major Group for Africa, Maat for Peace would like to shed the light on the victims of terrorism in Africa. The African Continent is considered one of the most continent suffering from terrorist attacks due to some internal and external factors. These factors turned Africa into a battleground between armed groups backed by states providing money and weapons aiming to take advantage of conflicts at the expense of innocents and destroying the future of African people.
Ayman Okeil stated that in August, which includes the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, around 150 or more were killed in a brutal terrorist attack, as well as hundreds of wounded who were affected physically and psychologically. This happens within silence and disregard by the international community, which led to intensifying of these attacks. Okeil also said that standing by the victims of terrorism is vital because their treatment and reintegration is the protection for them and the society as a whole from turning them into future terrorists seeking revenge.
On the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, Maat recommends that the United Nations system pay more attention to victims on the African continent who are deprived of access to relief forces, aid teams and media coverage. Maat also recommends establishing an effective mechanism to stop the support of armed groups by countries that use inhuman and illegal means to achieve their interests as Qatar that manipulates the hopes of African people for a better future through their promising them to investing and providing assistance, but in fact supporting terrorist groups without caring about the high number of youth ,Women and children victims.
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