This photo report is part of a special issue dedicated to Sudanese uprising :  “Down with the government of thieves” : Reflection on the Sudanese revolutionary dynamics.

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.

 

Photographer Ali Jaffar leads the observer to consider the relations between sit-in and spatiality. To do this he puts a focus on limits – created with barricades and checkpoints -, space structuration – with differents areas and tents – and the reappropriation of public space by pictorial arts bringing a revolutionary imagination.

 

Special Issue on Sudan – Table of contents

Part 1 – May, 7

‣ General Introduction
‣ Class Dynamics in the Dissemination of the Sudanese Uprising. Interview with Magdi El Gizouli
‣ Political Economy of the Regime and Revolt. Clientelism, Asymmetry, and Injustice in the Dynamics of the Protest. Interview with Raphaëlle Chevrillon Guibert
‣ Activism from the Outside. The Mechanisms of the revolutionary Movement among the Sudanese of the Diaspora. Interview with Alice Franck
‣ The Sudanese popular Uprising: from the first Demonstrations to the Proclamation of the State of Emergency. National chronological map designed by Claire Gillette
Mapping the 2019 Sudan Protests, maps designed by Xavier Houdoy and Nicolas Ressler
‣ Photo essay by Elsadig Mohamed

Part 2 – May, 20

‣ The third Sudanese Revolution reinstates Women from all Walks of Life onto the Map of Sudanese Public life. Interview with Azza Ahmed A. Aziz
‣ The Sudanese Revolution or the Climax of a Decade of challenging the Political Order? Interview with Clément Deshayes
The spatial Dimension of the four-months-long sudanese Uprising. Interview with Mohamed A. G. Bakhit, Sherein Ibrahim and Rania Madani
Photo essay by Ali Jaffar

 

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