Yesterday (12th of June) many people on Instagram changed their profile picture to a specific shade of blue in support for Sudan, in an attempt to raise awareness and show support. If you’re not sure what’s going on in Sudan, I’ve written a blog post dedicated to it, but in all honesty things are happening everyday so I’d encourage you to do a lot of research for it.
So why blue for Sudan?
Well it’s to honour Mohamed Mattar, “a 26-year-old engineer and graduate of London’s Brunel University, was shot by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on 3 June, reportedly as he attempted to shield two women from harm.”
This happened during a peaceful sit-in demonstration that happened outside of the military headquarters in Khartoum. They were demanding that the armed forces hand over their power to a civilian administration.
The hashtag #BlueforSudan started spreading and became a quick symbol of solidarity.
Sarah al-Amoudi, a Yemeni Instagram user, told Middle East Eye: “The blue profile pictures alone make people inclined to read why so many of us are blue. There is minimal news coverage for a country that is bleeding.”