How To Help The Nice Attack Victims: What You Can Do Right Now
As large crowds watched Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France Thursday night, a large truck plowed into the mass of people. As of Friday morning, the death toll had risen to 84, with at least 18 others critically injured. Although nothing can undo the lives taken by the third major terrorist attack in France in the last 19 months, there are some ways to help the Nice victims.
French President Francois Hollande confirmed that it was a terrorist attack, though no group has claimed responsibility. Christophe Premat, a French member of parliament who was there with his family, told CNN, “We didn’t have any information, but when we looked around at what happened, you could realize it was a terrorist attack.” He continued: “We need to be together and we need to stand up together in order to fight this attack.” President Hollande plans to extend the nation’s state of emergency put in place after the November terrorist attacks in Paris that would have otherwise been voided soon.
The attacker was identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was born in Tunisia, but lived near Nice working as a delivery driver, according to The Independent. He was shot by the police after driving into the crowd. The police conducted multiple raids Friday morning while trying to pin down his identity, The New York Times reports.
Donate To Charities Providing Aid
The French Red Cross assists in disasters and provides blood donations to local hospitals. Give For France, created by a government agency, assists local charities and “brings together founders, donors, volunteer experts, employees and thousands of organizations,” according to its website. It’s now accepting donations specifically for Nice victims, and you can donate online or by phone or mail. You can also donate to the French Catholic Relief, which helps the poor and responds to emergencies.
Additionally, the U.S.-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy set up a crowdfunding site to assist victims and their families. The page says: “One of the first circles of assistance will be to meet the needs of the families of those who lost their lives. A second circle is the needs of those injured in the attack, and the third layer is the needs of those who observed the attack or were otherwise affected.”
Show Your Support
Even if you aren’t able to donate money, showing your support for France, Nice, and the victims, helps create a sense of unity across the globe in response to terrorism. The hashtags #PrayForNice and #GiveForFrance are being used to talk about the tragedy on social media.
If you’re in France, you can donate blood to help victims recover through the French National Blood Service, which has locations all over the country. In other parts of Europe, you can donate with organizations that belong to the European Blood Alliance, as they will likely share resources with the French National Blood Service.
In the coming days, more ways to help the victims will likely emerge, as victims are identified and specific needs are realized.