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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: