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13 June 2019 01:57 pm

Why social media users are turning their profile pictures blue for Sudan?

Khadiza Begum
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You may have seen on Instagram, Twitter and elsewhere, people are changing their profile images into blue. This trend began in response to the Eid massacre which left more than 100 killed recently in Sudan.

Mohamed Mattar, a 26-year-old engineer was fatally shot by the Rapid Support Forces militia group, as he was reportedly trying to help two women escape gunshots.

Using #BlueforSudan, social media users have chosen to honour Mohamed as a martyr to the cause. Blue was his favourite color, so people around the world are paying tribute to him.

"This is an effort to raise awareness as we the Sudanese diaspora are the only voice left. The internet has been completely turned off in Sudan, the government has shut it down in order to conceal its massacres and crimes against civilians," Sudanese-American campaigner Remaz Mahgoub Khalaleyal said in a post on Instagram.

"Please change your profile photo and let the world know what is happening. We cannot be silenced. United we stand, divided we fall. Our strength is in our unity," the 25-year-old campaigner adds, noting the particular shade of blue was used to honour Mohammed Mattar, one of the victims of the massacre, whose profile picture was changed to the same image prior to his death.

To support the initiative we at ILOVEQATAR.NET also changed our heart-shaped logo into blue colour and our social post went viral as people and prominent organisations used our graphic.

Qatar supports #BlueForSudan campaign

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, and a number of prominent people, in Qatar and beyond, on Wednesday pledged support to a new campaign, #BlueForSudan, to show solidarity with the people of Sudan seeking civilian rule.

They joined hundreds of thousands of people within and outside Sudan in changing their social media profiles to the colour blue in support of the initiative.

On her part, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa tweeted: "Stand with humanity, stand with Sudan — show solidarity by turning your profile to the colour blue!"


Let us know what you think about this initiative by the social media users? Did you also change your profile picture into blue? And also don’t forget to give us a like and a share – you know it keeps us going!