Massacre in Sudan & global silence over it; Is it about our selective empathy?
While the entire world and international media mourned over Notre Dame Cathederal, why are we silent over on-going crisis in Sudan?
- While we witnessed an intense outcry over Notre Dame fire, why is the global community silent over Sudan?
- While the broadcast media turned a blind eye, the social media users are changing this display pictures to ‘blue’ in solidarity with Sudanese people.
- As per reports so far, more than 1000 people are missing and 500 have been killed in Sudanese civil disobedience.
- Sudanese people first started protesting in December 2018 against the rule of former President Hassan al-Bashir who resigned on April 11, 2019.
- Since April, Sudan is being ruled by a military council largely controlled by Gen Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo.
Sudan is suffering from an unforgiving wave of violence and militia. The use of force against civilian demonstrators has lead to over 70 rape cases and 100s killed. The international media has come under criticism for maintaining its silence in the situation while the outcry was unreal in the case of Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
An info-graph compared the sharp contrast between how the global response has remained in both tragedies. The entire world mourned over loss of a ‘building’. Billions were collected as donations and there was no loss of life. However, in case of Sudan, even when the crisis have hit thousands of people, the international media is not interested in allotting even an inch of broadcasting space.
As per the reports amid strict media blackout and social media regulation in the crisis-hit country, thousands are suffering, hundreds have been killed, tens raped and dumped in river Nile. The reports further suggested that the on-going massacre is also coupled with thousands of people gone missing.
What exactly is happening in Sudan?
Sudanese people first started protesting in December 2018 against the rule of former President Hassan al-Bashir. Following thousands of demonstrators turning to streets, Bashir resigned on April 11, 2019.
Their protests first sparked after the government increasing the prices of everyday items such as bread and fuel in a bid to improve the economy. However, it soon spiralled into widespread discontent at al-Bashir’s 20-year rule.
Following the month of April, Sudan has been ruled by a military council largely controlled by Gen Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo. Gen Mohamed Hamdan was instrumental in the atrocities committed in Darfur. The Transitional Military Council claims it needs to be in charge to retain order and security in Sudan, however, the death toll is presenting a contrasting picture.
— Abdoulie Njai (@Doulienjai) June 13, 2019
Pro-democracy demonstrators continue with their stage sit-ins outside the army headquarters in Khartoum. They are protesting in defense of democratic rule. On 13th June, the ousted President Bashir was charged with corruption relating to laws on “suspected illicit wealth and emergency orders”.
What is the death toll?
According to protest organizers, the security forces have killed at least 124 people in the capital and across the country in a sweeping crackdown so far. It has been revealed that over 700 people have been injured from the chaos in the African country.
Among the killed was Mohamed Mattar, 26 years old student of London’s Brunel university who lost his life while protecting two women from Sudanese militia. Mohamed’s favorite color was blue, hence the entire social media community across the world is changing its display pictures to the color to remember the hero and show solidarity with the people of Sudan.
Twitter and Instagram are now awash with blue as they honor their memories and alert the world to the ongoing violence.
Pakistani celebrities urge people to raise voice:
Pakistani celebrities Mahira Khan and Hania Aamir also took to their social media handles, urging people to raise voice in solidarity with the people of Sudan.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 13, 2019
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