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Here's How To Help #EndSARS Protesters In Nigeria
The protest against police brutality in Nigeria recently took a deadly turn after soldiers opened fire in Lagos, the country’s largest city, on youth speaking out against the country’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force that carries guns but do not wear Nigerian police uniforms or badges–or anything else that could identify them as law enforcement. Since its creation, they have been known for engaging in illegal acts and torturing the citizens of Nigeria. They ask for bribes, extort, harass, kidnap, rape and even kill citizens.
Despite this, the Nigerian government has failed to take action. And while the government denies that people were killed during protests, Amnesty International reported that at least 12 people died after soldiers fired shots at protesters.
The voices of protestors are being heard all around the world and being amplified by viral hashtags, including #EndSARS. Celebrities and politicians have, including Beyonce, Rihanna, John Boyega, Hilary Clinton, and many others have all voiced their support for protestors.
If you’re looking for ways to help protestors on the ground, here’s how you donate or lend a hand:
Nigerians away from their home have formed Nigerian Diasporans Against SARS to mobilize and raise money to help those on the ground protesting against SARS.
According to the group’s GoFundMe campaign, the money will be used to support multiple victims on ground, suffering from the aftermath of protests, violence, looting, across the nation.
Proceeds will be distributed to verified and vetted grassroots organizations, such as LifeBank , Feminist Co , MedSaf and others, that are dedicated to meeting the needs of the protesters and the movement.
A full transparency report, including where we received donations from and proof of fund deposited to said organizations, will be shared with all donors via email and publicly on our social media accounts.
Assata Collective is a mutual aid fund that is currently sending funds directly to queer and trans people fighting against SARS in Nigeria. All funds collected will go directly to queer and trans people there that need them, according to organizers.
You can also help lend your support by taking action with Global Citizen, to raise your voice to condemn police brutality in Nigeria and the recent attacks on peaceful protesters.
You can take action here to call on the Nigerian government to fulfill its pledge to end all forms of injustice and abuse against its citizens.
Relevant information regarding the #EndSARS movement is on this reference card, including the movement, situation on the ground, and donation links can be found by clicking here.