PRESS BRIEFING BY THE BOMB VICTIMS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (BVAN) ON THE WELFARE AND CARE OF VICTIMS OF BOMB BLASTS IN NIGERIA AND THE 80 BILLION NAIRA VICTIMS SUPPORT FUND OF JULY 2014
(22 July 2015) We are victims of bomb blasts, which have occurred at different locations in the Northern part of Nigeria starting from the 1st of October 2010 at the Eagle Square in Abuja, 31st of December 2010 at the Mogadishu Barracks – Asokoro, the Suleja blast at the INEC office April 2011,the Madalla Catholic Church Bomb blast same year, theUnited Nations House blast in August 2011 and many others that have happened in the recent past. We come from every state and zone of Nigeria. We are united by our scars and by our belief that together we can care for and support one another to get through this trauma, reclaim our dignity and, ultimately, prevail over the perpetrators of the crimes that have scarred our lives forever. As a result of prolonged neglect of the victims of this bomb blasts across Northern Nigeria, some of us who initially survived the bombings have died, many due to little or no medical care and othersas a result of their inability to continue with their medical bills orfurther their treatment here in Nigeria or abroad. One example is the story of a victim named Hope Musa, a survivor of June 26th 2014 EMAB plaza bomb blast and a founding member of the Bomb Victims Association of Nigeria diedtwo weeks ago as due to injuries sustained from the blast. Hope is from Taraba State. The blast affected his brain, and he was poorly managed which led to several episodes of convulsion until his death, as he could not afford to further his treatment for a neurosurgical operation abroad.
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