What's Going On In Sudan

My heart is so blue. It’s so sad to read the news this week so I too like thousands of social media users have switched our Instagram and Twitter profiles to the same colour and using the hashtag #blueforsudan to show our support.

Why the colour blue? It was Mohammed Hashim Mattar favourite colour, a 26-year-old engineer who was fatally shot during the June 3 crackdown blamed by protesters on Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group led by a senior member of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council.

Mattar was reportedly shot while trying to protect two women during the bloody dispersal of the protest camp outside the military headquarters.

The shade of indigo blue has become a symbol of the country’s embattled pro-democracy uprising.

Protests broke out in Sudan in late December when an economic crisis emptied bank machines and forced the government to triple the price of bread. For more watch this…


Here are some celebrities that are supporting the movement since the country's military rulers have reduced internet access, leading to what rights groups have described as a near-total shutdown on June 10, leaving protesters more cut off from the outside world.

“In a country where the state tightly monitors traditional media outlets, the internet provided a space for Sudanese to communicate with those inside and outside the country. Protesters and self-styled citizen journalists used social media to organise demonstrations and also to share updates from the uprising with the rest of the world.

Some images from the country went viral, including a striking photo of a young woman dressed in white standing on top of a car addressing fellow protesters.

The shutdown has presented a significant challenge to the Sudanese diaspora, which has played a key role in spreading information from the protest movement internationally. Those outside Sudan have been forced to rely on phone calls or word of mouth to receive information from the ground, without any visual footage, which they, in turn, had shared on social media.

Sudan is literally in the dark right now," said 25-year-old Aza Elnimah, a young Sudanese professional based in Qatar. "We don't know what's happening. So if something happens, how are we gonna be able to get that footage out? The only way we can reach our families now is through telephone, but that still isn't enough." - African News

It is my prayer and wish that peace can be found for the people of Sudan. Love will always be the answer.


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