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I'm against terrorism - no matter the victims

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2016 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Personally and as minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, I condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of where such acts occur or who the victims are. All human life is sacred.

The horrible terrorist attack that rocked Brussels Tuesday morning was, as far as I am aware, the first attack of terror during my tenure as foreign minister, which is not yet three weeks old.

I have, however, previously personally tweeted on the Boko Haram kidnapping of 200 girls, the massacre in Nigeria which happened the same week as the attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and the tragic murder of university students in Kenya.

In addition to the above, I am aware that it is the practice of the Government of Jamaica to send messages to world leaders when grave incidents resulting in fatalities and injuries occur. Jamaica has also used its policy statements at the United Nations to draw attention to the grave security situations in parts of Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere.

I also wish to use this medium to acknowledge and share the concern that some acts of terror regretfully receive quicker and wider international media exposure than others. This is something that we should all, perhaps, as global citizens in an ever-shrinking world, challenge media to address.

KAMINA JOHNSON

SMITH

Minister of Foreign Affairs

& Foreign Trade