Raising funds to pay for counselling and therapeutic support for Nigerians at home and in the diaspora
Why we are fundraising
Zazuu is raising £25,000 to pay for counselling and therapeutic support for Nigerians at home and in the diaspora who have been traumatised by the #LekkiMassacre and other shootings that occurred across Lagos on 20/10/2020. This funding will enable 100 people to access six private and confidential sessions with trained mental health practitioners in Nigeria, Canada, UK and the US.
#EndSARSWellbeing is an initiative that will be implemented by a series of daily virtual group wellbeing sessions to help Nigerians process their feelings about the protests and continued brutal oppression by those tasked to keep us safe. These will be held in conjunction with town hall style virtual meetings to help us reflect, refocus and regroup on ways to sustain the #EndSars protests beyond social media.
Why this is important
End SARS or #EndSARS is a decentralised social movement and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria. The slogan calls for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses. The protests which takes its name from the slogan started in 2017 as a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand the disbanding of the unit by the Nigerian government.
On Tuesday 20th October, the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, declared a state-wide 24-hour curfew effective 4:00 PM, via Twitter at 12pm. Many protestors at Lekki Toll Gate which had served as one of the main hub for the protests chose to defy this order and stayed. A few hours later, it was reported that armed men of the Nigerian Army arrived at the scene of the protest and opened fire on peaceful and unarmed protesters, thereby resulting in a disputed number of deaths. One of the protestors at the scene immediately started to capture what was happening on Instagram Live which was watched by over 70,000 people globally. 12 people were killed according to Amnesty international with many more injured and dozens still reported as missing since.
How you can help
Donating as little as £5 will go a long way to provide a safe space for our nation to heal and regroup us on ways to sustain the #EndSars protests beyond social media.
Get in touch
If you have any questions related to this fund or it’s organisers please get in touch.