Victims Support Fund’s Executive Director’s Statement
21 August marks the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Today, we remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks. We share in the loss, grief, stories, and memories of survivors who are traumatized. We support those whose loved ones have been killed, those who suffer from permanent injuries, and those whose communities have been destroyed beyond repair.
Victims of terrorism continue to struggle to heal and recover from past traumas while living with physical, mental, and emotional memories as well as social and financial hardships. It is for this sole purpose the VSF was founded.
Inaugurated in 2014, The Nigeria Foundation for The Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund) was established to take care of victims of terrorism and insurgency. In the last 8 years, the VSF has touched victims whose lives have been irrevocably impacted by acts of terrorism. We have donated financial and medical assistance and provided psychological, psychosocial, sustainable, and accessible care for victims of terrorism.
These interventions have focused on the most vulnerable in the communities affected by the insurgency. We collaborate with relevant stakeholders to facilitate the restoration of livelihood while creating an enabling environment for peaceful coexistence through peace-building mechanisms to prevent future violent conflict in Nigeria.
This year’s theme for the International Day is “Memories”. It focuses on the importance of memories that unites us and signifies our shared humanity with those who have suffered loss in such circumstances.
The Victims Support Fund is committed to a nation free from terrorism, therefore we will continue to strive in a world filled with hope, love, unity, and peace. We call on all Stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians to honor victims of terrorism, offer assistance to survivors, strengthen solidarity with them and share in their memories.