It is a sad thing ― the crisis happening in Sudan. Even sadder is the response of the rest of the world to the rapidly escalating catastrophe going on in the North African country.
According to news reports, on June 3 alone, a clash between paramilitaries from the Rapid Support Forces and civilians led to more than 100 killings and 70 rapes with over 700 people injured in the country’s capital, Khartoum.
These happened during a general strike and campaign of civil disobedience called by the opposition in an attempt to encourage the Transitional Military Council to transfer power to civilians.
It has also been reported that scores of bodies of Sudanese are being dragged from the river Nile.
Khartoum is currently at a standstill. Markets and hospitals are closed, the streets are virtually deserted and almost all internet services are cut. The people of the city are cut from all forms of emergency communications, including information from health care providers, and to access other basic information in times of crisis.
Until yesterday when #BlueForSudan started trending on social media, only pockets of people said or did anything about the Sudan crisis. Rihanna is one of these few people. On Tuesday, the Barbadian pop icon retweeted a picture with the inscription: “They’re shooting people’s houses, raping women, burning bodies, throwing them in the Nile like vermin, tormenting people, urinating on them, making them drink sewage water, terrorizing the streets, and stopping Muslims from going to Eid prayer. There is an Internet blackout! Please share. Raise awareness”.