PESHAWAR: Lately, we have been witnessing blue displays all over social media. The users have been changing their display pictures to Blue, showing solidarity with the protestors of Sudan against the brutality that killed dozens of people in Khartoum; the capital of Sudan.
BUT WHY BLUE?
Does the flag of Sudan represent the colour blue or is blue the colour of unity? It’s clearly none of them, it was to respect the memory of one of the people in victims: Mohamed Mattar, whose most loved colour was apparently blue. The 26-year-old was shot down during the crackdown on June, 3 while protecting two women outside the Military headquarters.
The crises in Sudan is not a newborn but it’s been growing for long. That is from 1956 – Sudan becoming independent to 1983 wherePresident Numeiri introduces Sharia Islamic law. Then to start of the conflict in the Darfur region in 2003 following the 2009 International criminal court’s arrest warrant against Omar Bashir, being alleged of war crimes and humanity crimes relating to the conflict in Darfur. Not to forget its 2011 secession forming the Republic of South Sudan. The secession of South Sudan bought about different financial shocks out of which the most significant shock was the loss of oil revenue that accounted for the greater part of Sudan’s government.
This bought down the economic growth resulting in inflation which together with exceeding fuel prices triggered the brutal protests in September 2013. Further, the nonstop climbing of food prices became a quick reason for the demonstrations that started in December 2018. And now in 2019 Army ousts President Bashir under the background of months of extreme protests against his authoritarian rule, bringing Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan as chairman of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council on 12 April 2019.
An estimated 383,000 people have died as a result of South Sudan’s civil war. A report revealed by London School of hygiene claims that about half of the Sudanese were killed in fighting as a result of religious rivalries and half died from hunger, diseases and other causes inflamed by conflict.
Despite all of these crises, the country military rulers have reduced the internet access leading to a total shutdown. In a little space provided by the internet, the citizen journalists tried their best to communicate inside and outside of the country and organized their social media to spread around the world about the updates from the uprising.
“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 going to 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.” (Source: ALJAZEERA)
The shutdown for Sudanese people seems unfair but what about the Pakistani media who have the platform to speak up for them but it is mouth shut for a country that has 97% of the Muslim population. None of the media channels is airing the humanitarian crises that Sudan is going through and thus it leaves us with a question that: who owns the remote control to Pakistani media?
The ongoing crises we see and the blood shedding we hear about Is hard to ignore but it has been made escapable to flew off our minds. Indeed, to find out the hidden reasons is our job but before that standing with them is, I believe more of a necessity to assure that the world knows how hard of a time it is for them. But the good news just recently pops up on CNN which showed the unity of Sudanese brings for them the success of their revolution.
Sudanese natives rampaged of the capital, Khartoum, Friday to celebrate a power-sharing agreement that could finish a weeks-in length standoff between the decision Transitional Military Council and the opposition union.
Sudan’s military administration and the nation’s professional vote-based system development have consented to shape a rotating, joint sovereign board that will administer “for the following three years.” Mohamed el-Hassan Labat, the African Union’s envoy to Sudan, said early Friday.
Under the understanding, the military board will be responsible for the nation’s authority for the initial 21 months. A nonmilitary personnel organization will administer the board during the accompanying year and a half. Thus, Sudanese people declared:
“Today our revolution has won and it waves the flags of victory.”