July 21, 2010
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Rep. Susan Davis Introduces Resolution Condemning Uganda Bombings and Honoring San Diego Activist Who Died in Attacks
Washington – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 1538) condemning the World Cup bombings in Kampala, Uganda and recognizing San Diego activist Nate “Oteka” Henn who died in the terrorist attacks.
Henn was a volunteer with Invisible Children Inc., a non-profit organization based in San Diego that helps children, especially child soldiers, impacted by Uganda’s 23-year war.
“Nate was an inspiration to many and committed his life to helping others, particularly the children of Uganda,” said Davis. “He gave his life for the cause of peace and justice. He will not be forgotten and we will honor him by carrying on his work of bringing an end to the violence and suffering in Uganda and the region.”
As the world watched the World Cup finals on July 11, 2010, terrorists claiming to represent the Somalia-based al Shabaab terrorist organization launched suicide attacks against civilian targets in the city of Kampala, Uganda. Tragically, at least 70 people died in the blasts, including the 25-year-old Henn.
Because of Henn’s outsized personality, his friends had given him the Acholi name of “Oteka,” which means “the strong one.”
Davis’s resolution sends a message to the allies and adversaries of the United States that it stands by our strategic partners. It also highlights the urgent need for the United States to continue to work with the international community to address the root causes of extremism and terrorism in Somalia and the region.