21st October, 2020.
Over the past two weeks, overwhelmingly youth organized peaceful protests have sparked up across Nigeria. These groups protest the brutality and lack of due process perpetrated by the rogue unit of the Nigerian Police Force called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS.
The tenacity and passion of this youth driven movement, especially online, on social media platforms drew the support of celebrities such as Viola Davis, Big Sean, Elsa Majimbo, Jack Dorsey, and others.
But how can YOU help the youth of Nigeria push for the acknowledgment of their human rights? Here are a few ways you can assist;
- Lend Your Voice Online
The fight on social media is relentless. You can help the movement by amplifying their reach with your tweets, retweets, instagram reposts, snaps and any other online platform. There can never be too much reach. Tweet something!
- Stay On Top Of The News
There is a constant influx of news and updates surrounding the protests. It is important that you must follow verifiable news sites or pages and stay informed! Fake news and stories also circulate online and it is important to distinguish fact from fiction.
You can also help by donating to @feminist_co on twitter or through their website. They are currently only accepting donations in bitcoin due to persecution from the Nigerian government. They have provided legal aid, medical aid as well as food, security, and other provisions for protesters throughout the peaceful protests.
- Take Care of Your Mental Health
While it is important to lend your voice to a higher cause, you must not forget to care for yourself. Take necessary breaks if it gets too much. Recharge your mental batteries with an enjoyable task or a calming exercise. You can reach out to @MentallyAwareng on twitter for counseling and professional mental health assistance.
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