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Things You Can Do To Help Victims Of The Owo Catholic Church Attack

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Nigeria’s insecurity issues continue to escalate and provide horrific news reports. On Sunday, June 5, gunmen opened fire on worshipers and detonated explosives at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, killing at least 50 people.

Gory and gruesome videos that circulated social media from the aftermath of the attack showed church members laying in pools of blood while those around them wept. According to reports, many children were among the deceased.

“Our hearts are heavy,” Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu tweeted on Sunday, “the enemies of the people have attacked our peace and tranquillity.”

In a statement, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said, “only fiends from the nether region could have conceived and carried out such dastardly act. No matter what, this country shall never give in to evil and wicked people, and darkness will never overcome light. Nigeria will eventually win.”

As details about the shooting continue to emerge and the victims are identified, here are some ways you can help their families and communities.


People wounded in the attack were transported to different hospitals in the states, as reported by some Twitter users. The majority of the survivors are being treated at the Federal Medical Center in Owo.

  • BOAT Foundation, a non-profit that funds the procurement of medical supplies (blood, oxygen, and medicines) for low-income patients across Africa, is looking for people to partner with or donate to save the lives of the victims. You can donate blood or money. For more info on how you can help reach out to contact [email protected]
  • If you’re in Akure and you want to donate blood for the victims of the Ondo shooting, you can head over to Mother and Child Hospital, Oke Aro, Akure. It has been designated as a donation centre for people in Akure and environs. They’ll then take the blood to FMC, Owo.

See more tweets of hospitals calling for donations for the victims.

Other ways to support

For those who are unable to help financially, you can consider doing the following:

  • Tweet about it. Make the right noise about it on social media.
  • Call your state and local government reps to voice your opinion on the insecurity in the country. Remember, while you may feel helpless, you’re not. If enough of us call our representatives, change will happen.

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