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Everything that you need to know about what's going on in Sudan

You may have heard about the troubles in Sudan if you've got social media.

Many mainstream news outlets have refrained from giving the economic crisis and massacre a platform.

When did it start?

Protests sparked against the economic crisis in Sudan which forced the government to triple the price of bread. The protests soon grew and their demand for change followed. They began protesting for the then leader Omar al-Bashir to resign, a leader who was fierce in his rule. He was overthrown this April but the protesters demanding democracy in Sudan and the opposing Transitional Military Council reached an impasse.

As a result of this deadlock, the Transitional Military Council brutally murdered a group of protesters on the 3rd of June 2019 by Sudanese forces whilst staying at a protest camp.

The military has tried to squash the resistance by violent means, beating those who appear a threat to the 'stability' of Sudan.

Women involved in the revolution have been raped as well as medical staff being attacked by the military too.

Sudan is left in a very fragile and oppressive situation. With gunmen roaming the streets many fear for their lives; their freedom of speech being denied ultimately takes the backburner.

The military and Transitional Military Council are now in charge of Sudan and have shut down most of the internet in the country to preserve 'national security.'

Protestors are still campaigning for the hand over of power from the military after saying they had 'lost their trust after violence.'

The crisis in Sudan has received attention via social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter. The blue icon as a profile picture has become a symbol of solidarity with the revolution. The icon itself was the favourite colour of Mohammed Hashim Mattar, one of the first victims of the massacre. Mattar was shot whilst trying to protect two women. It was an icon he used on many of his social media sites.

The movement has gained the attention of big names such as Demi Lovato and Naomi Campbell after both of them changed their profile photos to the shade of blue.

Stars like Rihanna and Ariana Grande have also given a voice to the crisis in Sudan.

The hashtag #BlueForSudan has also been trending worldwide on Twitter giving the revolution the momentum it deserves.

But approach Sudan charity accounts with caution, many have been founded out as fake as a way to rack up followers by promoting a false cause. Instead, if you want to help donate to trusted charities such as UNICEF and Save the Children.

South Sudan is also now experiencing starvation: "The World Food Programme (WFP) reported about seven million people are facing food shortages, with more than 20,000 dangerously near famine."

It is clear that there are people that are in desperate need of the voices being heard, equality and nutrition. It is the job of the more fortunate, like you and me, to give these people a voice and a platform to be heard, even if it is small. Donate if you can too because you can make a difference to somebody's life; no matter how big or small. But if you can't, always remember your platform.

Featured image: Phil Pasquini / Shutterstock.com