Sudan – Taksim Tahrir Square is a small area on the northern side of the square, not in the middle. It is up towards the 4th Street end of the park; the square has an eastward-facing wall at its face, with posters and banners on one wall. There are basically two places in front of the wall that are accessible from the square; one is the Gidi Law Office, across from Al Barsa Al Hajar, and the other is the Unicef Center, a few metres west of Qasr Al Hosn Mosque.
“Fatawap,” Abbas Ali calls to me from inside the Unicef Centre, and to a student standing nearby. “They came to take us to Akora,” he says. “Is it safe?”
A wedding was being held next to the Unicef Centre, and a gunfight had happened in the next street. Abbas Ali thinks that these were Sudanese soldiers. There are several entrances to the centre, but in the second place to the left is the main door. Most of the office tenants have most of their belongings – computers, workbooks, books – stored in these little corners, and that is where the protesters have been gathering for the last two days.