Here's Why People Are Changing Their Profile Pictures To One Specific Shade Of Blue
The movement started after the death of Mohamed Hashim Mattar, a 26-year-old engineer and graduate of London's Brunel university, who was killed in the crackdown on June 3.
You may have noticed that people on social media have been changing their profile pictures to this specific shade of blue.
They're doing it to raise awareness for the ongoing violence in Sudan.
Last week, Sudan's security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters holding a sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum. Doctors and activists say that more than 100 people have been killed since.
The deaths mark the deadliest incident since Omar Al-Bashir, the country’s dictator for 30 years, was forced from power and arrested by the military in April following months of mass protests.
According to the Guardian, hospitals in Khartoum have also reported 70 cases of rape following the attack on protesters.
However, protesters say their demonstrations will continue until the transitional military council hands over power to a civilian government.
There's been a blackout on almost all telephone and internet services which has made getting information in Sudan difficult.
Blue profile pictures first started to appear after the death of Mohamed Hashim Mattar, a 26-year-old engineer and graduate of London's Brunel University, who was killed in the crackdown on June 3.
Two days ago, Instagram user @reresolve_ photo went viral for her post encouraging people to change their profile pictures in solidarity.