Rihanna Implores Her 72 Million Followers To Learn More About The Ongoing Strife In Sudan
Rihanna urges her followers to get informed and share the information in the midst of an internet blackout
Rihanna is using her platform to advocate for victims of the massacre in Sudan.
“They're shooting people's houses, raping women, burning bodies, throwing them in the Nile like vermin, tormenting people, urinating on them, making them drink sewage water, terrorizing the streets, and stopping Muslims from going to eid prayer. There is an Internet blackout! Please share. Raise awareness," she stated via Instagram story.
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The people of Sudan have advocated for a civilian-backed government through peaceful protest and demonstration for years. The peaces protests have instead been met with a military junta. Over 100 civilians have been killed by government forces. Hundreds of people have been beaten, sexually assaulted, arrested, and detained. People are afraid for their lives.
Activists in Sudan have launched a campaign of civil disobedience by closing down markets and hospitals in an attempt to put pressure on the transitional military council
Social media has played a significant role in the spread of information and diplomatic developments in Sudan. The U.K. ambassador to Sudan, Irfan Siddiq, demanded the release of protest leaders in Sudan.
Many are citing Rihanna’s Instagram story as an example of the power social media has in the political realm.
Rihanna reposting a tweet by a non-Sudanese, about the current conditions in Sudan, shows the power social media has in raising awareness— #IAmTheSudanRevolution (@alllthingssam) June 11, 2019'
Best thing to happen to all of us today is when Rihanna posted about sudan. Can she be our president next?— #مدنية_بس (@rawansalah__) June 11, 2019'