Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) marked the 16th Anniverary of the Al Qaeda attacks on American Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On that morning, more than 200 people were killed, including 12 Americans.
"American diplomats and other government personnel serving in American Embassies work hard to represent the United States all over the world. As we complete a three-day African Summit in Washington, D.C., we must never forget the heinous attacks on our fellow Americans on August 7, 1998. These dedicated public servants who served on American soil in the American Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were committed to their country and to making a positive difference around the globe. Among the 12 Americans killed were father and son, Julian L. Bartley, Sr., a friend to the Congressional Black Caucus and former Pearson Fellow in the office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Julian L. Bartley, Jr., a 20 year old college student who worked as a summer intern at the Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
"Our nation must never forget the dedication of American diplomats serving abroad. We must care for their safety and ensure their loved ones who are left behind have access to the benefits and support that they need. My deepest condolences go out to the families who still mourn the loss of their loved ones. May we continue to carry on the work and legacies of our cherished public servants."