As of June 10th, the current ruling junta, the Transitional Military Council, cut off the remaining available internet in Sudan. Reports now reveal that the country is undergoing a ‘near total’ ban of its internet services.
With social media becoming an important tool used by the protestors, the blackout was a means of suppressing and silencing the uprising while minimising the extreme reports coming out of the country. However, the Sudanese diaspora has stepped up and played an important role by sharing and spreading news when protestors couldn’t.
The Importance of Raising Awareness
With a large portion of the online community going blue for Sudan, many have criticised the campaign as frivolous. Those who have called it trivial believe that there is more that needs doing, nevertheless, while it may not resolve anything in the long-term, the power of raising awareness has already played a massive part internationally.
As more and more online users take part, even more, are beginning to take notice and become involved. Sharing hashtags, places to donate and the latest updates, the virality on the social media sphere is beginning to force western media to report on the subject. Keeping people informed is usually the first step in solving any conflict, and while it may only make up one part of a bigger fight, it has proven to be a significant part.]]>