Currently, Sudan and its people are suffering a national crisis, resulting in hundreds of injuries and international shock. In December 2018, Sudanese people took initiatives in order to induce positive changes on their living conditions by rallying in the streets. Such demonstrations soon shifted in purpose to target the immorality of the authoritarian al-Bashir administration, demanding his resignation. On April 11, the Sudanese Armed Forces announced that al-Bashir had been removed from his position and arrested. Despite being overjoyed that al-Bashir no longer had totalitarian governmental power, Sudanese civilians again took to the streets to protest for democratic reform.
Following the removal of al-Bashir from power, pro-democracy civilians staged sit-ins in order to fight for change and achieve a government where citizens would govern themselves. However, on June 3, armed forces were ordered to clear people from protest sites in Khartoum, causing the Sudanese military to beat, stab, and kill protesters. More than 100 protestors were killed, and hundreds of others were badly injured. Not only that, it is reported that paramilitaries sexually abused around seventy Sudanese citizens. Since then, the military junta has revoked citizens’ access to the Internet in order to ensure that international exposure on the matter is kept at a low.
Nevertheless, regardless of the military’s measures to prevent publicization of this issue, the issue has now been gaining international recognition through the Blue for Sudan movement. Mohamed Mattar, a man killed during the June 3 massacre, died protecting two women from the armed forces’ violent attacks. As a result, many people have taken to changing their online profile pictures to a plain blue background—Mattar’s favorite color—thus commemorating his death and raising awareness about the circumstances in Sudan.
Others say that raising awareness about the agenda will not spark any substantial change. However, considering the number of current issues across the globe that have not received enough awareness and support, the fact that such online movements have brought positive awareness to the crisis in Sudan is worthy of admiration. Though a plethora of awareness and education has been spread about the Sudanese crisis, more tangible change can be made to ameliorate the lives of the Sudanese people, and as members of the international community, it is crucial for us to find ways to seek answers to the problem or alleviate tension in any crisis. Many organizations such as UNICEF and Save the Children have been taking strides to provide assistance to affected victims of the massacre with humanitarian aid. Furthermore, the University of Khartoum Alumni Association in North America (UOKANA) has made an ongoing fundraiser to help the people of Sudan in the current situation, as they are connected to the grounds of which the massacre took place. It would be beneficial to such organizations, as well as the people of Sudan, to donate money to human rights organizations in order to fund better solutions. In an ever growing world with a magnitude of issues facing us today, it is important to help troubling situations such as these. Providing Sudan with such assistance would result in a greater amount of overall well-being with the citizens of Sudan, who continue to chase for democracy.