After six years abroad, Khadija Saleh returned to Sudan in March to join protesters in the streets demanding change.
She was taking part in a sit-in near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum on June 3 when security forces stormed in. The area had become a centre for anti-government protests.
Saleh said she was beaten with sticks, and still wears bandages on her wounds.
"I came back from a safer place because I want a better future for this country," the 41-year-old said.
Manal Farah, 49, lost her son, a 22-year-old university student, in the violence. She said he insisted on protesting even though she asked him to stay home.
"The aim of the government is to convince mothers of revolutionaries to prevent their sons from joining the revolution. But no matter what we say to them they will never stop before achieving their objectives," Farah said.
"When he started in university he started to ask why there is corruption in Sudan. He said there must be a change, a new Sudan ...I pray for my son's dreams to come true."