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Resilience after Terrorism: Laura’s Story *

On August 19, 2003, terrorism entered Laura Dolci’s life when her husband was killed, along with 21 of his colleagues, in a suicide attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. Employed at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Laura has recently spent a sabbatical semester researching and writing on terrorism victimization. Laura Dolci shares the findings of her work and book, which combines personal narrative with academic research. (language: English)

Program information
Date Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time 16:30- 18:00 (drinks afterwards)
Location Black Box, Esplanade Building, Tilburg University
Admission free, registration required via the registration form
Speakers Laura Dolci, Anthony Pemberton, Conny Rijken (moderator)
Organization INTERVICT , Magister JFT, and Academic Forum
Contact Annelieke Koster
*Certificate This activity may count towards the Certificate Academic Forum

Victim of Terrorism

On 19 August 2003, Laura Dolci lost her husband, Jean-Sélim Kanaan, in the terrorist attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. They were a 'UN couple' of young humanitarians, who had met in war-torn Bosnia. On the day of the blast, he was 33, she was 33. Their son was 28 days old.

On that day Laura became a victim of terrorism. Unfortunately, she is now amongst the hundreds of thousands of victims hit directly by international terrorism in all regions of the world.

A victimless crime?

In 2017, Laura felt that time had come to share her story in order to create awareness about the specific consequences of terrorism on the victims, their families and communities. She wrote ‘A victimless Crime?’.

Image a victimless crime

The book juxtaposes her moving experience with sound inter-disciplinary research on victims of terrorism.

Today, victims of terrorism are in all continents and belong to all communities, races, gender, ages, professional backgrounds and creeds. Yet, in most countries they are not recognized or assisted. At the international level, little has been achieved for their acknowledgment and assistance. The author argues that victims fall increasingly between the cracks as if they were everybody's and, paradoxically, nobody's responsibility.


INTERVICT and Academic Forum kindly invite you to the debate  ‘Resilience after Terrorism: Laura’s Story’ . Laura Dolci, Secretary of the UN Fund for Victims of Torture (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), speaks about the consequences of terrorism on victims and their families. She will share the findings of her work, which combines personal narrative with academic research, during this debate at Tilburg University with Antony Pemberton, Professor of Victimology at Tilburg University. The debate will be moderated by Conny Rijken, Professor of Human Trafficking and Globalization at Tilburg University.


When: 28 June 2018 16:30

End date: 28 June 2018 18:00