By Meena Alexander
When 91 million people follow you, one post can be a catalyst for real change – and no one knows this better than Rihanna.
The Sudanese political crisis has been slipping down the news agenda in recent weeks, but the nationwide protests and military crackdowns in the country continue to rage on, with hundreds of lives lost.
Determined to keep global attention on the atrocities, Rihanna has spoken out on social media about the plight of civilians desperate to restore democracy and put an end to the violence in Sudan.
The singer and business mogul posted pictures of Sudanese protesters, including the now iconic image of 22-year-old student Alaa Salah, with a caption stating that “they have a right to speak out and demand peace, justice and a transition to civilian rule”.
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With more protests planned for today, June 30, I send my ❤️ and I pray for the safety of the Sudanese people. They have a right to speak out and demand peace, justice, and a transition to civilian rule. Over 100 were killed and hundreds more were wounded during the June 3rd protests. Military rulers need to be held accountable. Praying for no more killings or abuse today. Fight for human rights in #Africa and stand with protesters in #Sudan. #BlueforSudan #IAmSudaneseRevolution #Watch_Sudan_on_June30th 💙🇸🇩💙🇸🇩💙 🙏🏿💪🏿🙏🏿💪🏿🙏🏿