June 20, 2019
A piece about the overwhelming power of social media, and a Gen Zer's insight on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
أزرق('azraq) - Blue
In just a few weeks, one question managed to take over the internet...
"Why is everyone's Profile Picture... Blue?"
Instagram users began questioning the trend behind the thousands of blue bubbles consuming their timelines, many taking to google for answers.
These pictures aren't just a fad. They are raising awareness for an extremely important cause... the countless massacres happening in the country of
What is Really
A few weeks ago, the Sudanese military opened fire on a group of demonstrators in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.100 people were pronounced dead, and the number of victims succumbing to their injuries is constantly increasing.
Months ago, things were looking much more optimistic for the country of Sudan. Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, was ousted from his position by the military during a coup. He had been president for 30 years prior and has been "wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, war crimes and the 2003 genocide in Darfur, Sudan since 2005" according to the Coalition for the ICC.
Economic, social, and political conflicts continued to burden with the Sudanese people. Disorder and destruction soon followed. There were outbreaks of violence, and the statistics pulled from these massacres were absolutely shocking. Allegedly, more than 500 people have been killed with almost 800 injured. Over 48 women have been raped along with 6 men, over 650 people have been arrested, and upwards of 1000 people have been pronounced missing.
While this chaos has been occurring for months now, the Sudanese crisis just recently began to attract the international public's attention, mainly due to the influx of Instagram-activism surrounding the cause. People were appalled that the crisis wasn't receiving news coverage and took matters into their own hands; crafting a voice for the victims of the crisis through a special shade of blue.
Many people wonder why blue? Well, blue was the favorite color of Mohamed Mattar; an activist who had been shot and killed while protesting for democracy in Sudan.
Progress Through Pain
In spite of everything that has happened, these protests are becoming monumental, especially when it comes to activism in Sudan. Before mass violence broke out, women were a huge part of the movement. This was major, because, despite the decades of oppression that Sudanese women had faced throughout history, they continued to rally in huge numbers.
The image you saw at the beginning of this article, as well as the image shown here, went viral after many began to spread awareness for the crisis in Sudan. The video shown here (adjust volume) is where the iconic image came from. A huge crowd of Sudanese protesters, consisting mainly of women, are looking to a young woman standing on top of a car. She raises her right arm leads the crowd in a chant, all of them chant her words back to her. “Thowra!” shouts the crowd... “revolution.”