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The daily life of the Khartoum sit-in

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On April 6th, 2019, on the anniversary date of the 1985 popular uprising and the fall of Nimeiri’s military regime, militant groups which had been active since December were preparing a day of action. After weeks of preparation, they called on all Sudanese people, inside and outside the country, to join the protest movement by participating in demonstrations, sit-ins and planned actions that day.

In Khartoum1, in particular, it was in front of the armed forces’ headquarters that a giant sit-in, gathering more and more people every day, was organized. Despite repressive actions and the security forces’ attempts to contain the movement, the protesters have stayed in place since that date. However, sit-ins continued and protesters said they wanted to remain mobilized as long as the “third fall” (“Tasqut 3”) didn’t occur, and a civilian transitional government was established.

The photographer Elsadig Mohamed offers us an immersion in the civilian occupation of the sidewalks and the avenues leading to the Military Forces Headquarters.


  1. Many other sit-ins also took place in various cities in the country which had been mobilizing and demonstrating for several months. ↩︎