Social media users show support for Sudanese amid violent conflict by turning their profiles blue

PHOTO: People, mostly Sudanese leaving in Kenya, hold candles as they take part in a lit vigil in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, on June 13, 2019, to support civilian rule in Sudan.PlaySimon Maina/AFP/Getty Images
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The ongoing political crisis in Sudan is getting some extra support in the form of expressions of solidarity on social media.

In an effort to raise awareness about the violent clashes in the African country, a number of Instagram and Twitter users have either turned the circle where their profile pictures appear a solid blue, or posted a solid blue square as an image.

As of midday Thursday, there have been more than 9,900 posts on Instagram with the hashtag #BlueForSudan, including one from the rapper Cardi B.

In addition to the blue profile pictures, some users have shared posts with a variety of images, with some showing the map of the country, or a drawing of a crying woman wearing a hijab in the colors of the country's flag.

The violence in the country comes two months after Sudan's autocratic ruler, President Omar al-Bashir, was ousted and jailed after mass protests and a transitional military council assumed power.

PHOTO: Members of Sudans security forces patrol on June 6, 2019, in Khartoum. AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Members of Sudan's security forces patrol on June 6, 2019, in Khartoum.

While the opposition movement continues to advocate for a transition to civilian rule, militias with ties to that military council have attacked protesters in Khartoum and across the country.

The death toll from those attacks is now at least 129 people, with over 700 injured, according to Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the opposition alliance called the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces.

Rape has also been used as a weapon of war by the militias, according to opposition figures and doctors. At least 70 people were raped in an assault on a protest camp in Khartoum, Madani told ABC News, although he added the number is likely even higher.

The crisis, in addition to receiving international attention online, is also receiving formal international support.

PHOTO: Sudanese protesters burn tires and set up barricades on roads to the army headquarters after the intervention of Sudanese army during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan on June 3, 2019. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, FILE
Sudanese protesters burn tires and set up barricades on roads to the army headquarters after the intervention of Sudanese army during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan on June 3, 2019.

On Wednesday, the State Department confirmed that they have named a special envoy being sent to Sudan to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the violence of the crisis.

The increased U.S. involvement comes after a major crackdown on protest camps in the capital Khartoum last week, during which militias with ties to the ruling military authorities raped at least 70 people, according to a doctors' group affiliated with the protest movement.