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Archive: 2016

A Look Back On 2016

Posted by on December 29th, 2016

2016 was a hard year for the Sudanese, but change in Sudan is still inevitable. 

Tags: Sudan, news, update, get involved, donate,
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Last Chance To Give In 2016

Posted by on December 26th, 2016

We've highlighted the top 4 ways you can give to peace and justice in Sudan in the final days of 2016. Come celebrate the end of the year with us!

Tags: Sudan, giving, donate, give, holidays, 2016,
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Our Last Story of 2016

Posted by Mark Hackett on December 26th, 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, we bring you a brief update that we've all been waiting for.

Tags: jargi joseph, Sudan, get involved, 2016, end of year, give,
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The Best Way To Celebrate Christmas

Posted by on December 25th, 2016

As hundreds of millions of people around the world celebrate Christmas, remember and stand with those who are not allowed to express the hope found in this special holiday. 

Tags: Christmas, Sudan, get involved, Christians,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: December 15

Posted by on December 15th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, update, get involved,
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Send A Holiday E-Card

Posted by on December 9th, 2016

Whether you forgot to get someone a gift or just want to send them a nice little surprise, making a donation to our work in Sudan in honor of a loved one is a great way to express your gratitude for them this holiday season. Send an e-card today!

Tags: holiday, e-card, 2016, give, donate, Sudan,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: December 8

Posted by on December 8th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, update, get involved,
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A Time To Mourn

Posted by Mark Hackett on December 1st, 2016

Today we received word that a Sudanese individual who assisted in one of our previous films has been killed in South Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, South Sudan, update
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Giving Tuesday 2016 Results

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

You brought the magic this #GivingTuesday! Here are your results.

Tags: Giving Tuesday, Sudan, update, get involved, fundraise,
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Watch #GivingTuesday Livestreams

Posted by on November 29th, 2016

Miss one of our #GivingTuesday live-streams today? Watch them here. 

Tags: Giving Tuesday, livestream, video, get involved, donate, give,
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Today Is #GivingTuesday

Posted by on November 29th, 2016

Today, Novemeber 29 is hands down one of the best days of the year to make a donation to our lifesaving programs in Sudan. Why? Because all transaction fees for online giving are waived and we put 100% of your gift towards our storytelling, education, advocacy, and relief programs! Learn more. 

Tags: giving tuesday, Sudan, get involved, 2016,
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#GivingTuesday Is Tomorrow!

Posted by on November 28th, 2016

Tuesday, Novemeber 29 is hands down one of the best days of the year to make a donation to our lifesaving programs in Sudan. Why? Because all transaction fees for online giving are waived and we put 100% of your gift towards our storytelling, education, advocacy, and relief programs! Here's how you can get involved tomorrow. 

Tags: Giving, Tuesday, Sudan, get involved,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: November 25

Posted by on November 25th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, get involved,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: November 17

Posted by on November 17th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, get involved,
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Holiday Season Giving Guide

Posted by on November 15th, 2016

We've highlighted the top 5 ways you can give to peace and justice in Sudan this holiday season. Come celebrate with us!

Tags: Sudan, giving, donate, give, holidays,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: November 3

Posted by on November 3rd, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan.

Tags: Sudan, news,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: October 27

Posted by on October 27th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news,
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Chipotle Fundraiser Night 2016 Results

Posted by on October 26th, 2016

You raised $785.50 in 4 hours! Here are your full results. 

Tags: get involved, Sudan, fundraise, event, chipotle,
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Yida Photography Exhibit Campaign Completed!

Posted by on October 23rd, 2016

Here are the results for the Yida photo Exhibit crowdfunding campaign!

Tags: Yida, Sudan, Nuba, photo exhibit, get involved, photo, exhibit
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Eden's Run 5K 2016 Results

Posted by on October 22nd, 2016

See all the results from the 7th annual Eden's Run 5K!

Tags: Sudan, Memphis, events, event, get involved, Eden's Run 5K, 5K,
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Eden's Run 5K Race Day Instructions

Posted by on October 20th, 2016

Here's everything you need to know for this year's race day!

Tags: Eden's Run 5K, get involved, Memphis, events,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: October 20

Posted by on October 19th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news,
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Eden's Run 5K Is 7 Days Away!

Posted by on October 15th, 2016

Time is running out to register for Eden's Run 5K! Learn more about this special run and sign up today.

Tags: Eden's Run 5K, get involved,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: October 6

Posted by on October 6th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you. We also provide a few opportunities you can take to stand with the people of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, South Kordofan, Nuba, Blue Nile,
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New Report Cites Chemical Weapons Attacks In Darfur

Posted by on September 29th, 2016

Amnesty International says that children are among more than 200 people estimated to have been killed by Sudanese government chemical weapon attacks in Darfur.

Tags: Darfur, Sudan, news, update, get involved,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: September 29

Posted by on September 28th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you.

Tags: Sudan, news, South Cordovan, Nuba, Blue Nile,
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Yida Photography Exhibit Campaign Update

Posted by on September 27th, 2016

You're making tremedous progress on the crowdfunding campaign for a brand new photography exhibit about Sudan. Learn more.

Tags: Yida, photography, exhibit, donate, give, get involved, Sudan,
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Eden's Run 5K is 4 Weeks Away!

Posted by on September 24th, 2016

Our annual 5K fundraiser is back for its 7th year and will be the biggest one yet! Register today. 

Tags: Eden's Run 5K, events, get involved, Sudan, Memphis,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup: September 21

Posted by on September 21st, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you.

Tags: Sudan, news, South Kordofan, Nuba, Blue Nile,
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Bashir Regime Continues To Reject Outside Aid To South Kordofan & Blue Nile

Posted by Mark Hackett on September 20th, 2016

In its latest stalling tactic to ensure the continuation of violence, the Sudanese dictatorship is once again refusing to allow official outside aid into the Two Areas. 

Tags: Sudan, news, South Kordofan, Nuba, Blue Nile,
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Weekly Sudan News Roundup

Posted by on September 14th, 2016

Each week we gather important stories and updates from Sudan and consolidate them in one place for you.

Tags: Sudan, news, quick
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Hope In The Darkness

Posted by on September 11th, 2016

Read the story behind a recent photo from Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan.

Tags: Sudan, Yida, photo, photography, get involved
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In Photos: Nuba Day 2016

Posted by on September 3rd, 2016

For several years, Nuba communities from across the Unites States have gathered once a year to fellowship and discuss issues in Sudan. This annual event is known as Nuba Day. This year, we served as the American partner agency for the event. 

Tags: Sudan, Nuba, Day, Memphis, event, photos,
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Short Film: The War The World Forgot

Posted by on August 25th, 2016

People and Power investigates the forgotten war taking place on the borders between North and South Sudan. Watch the 25-minute film here. 

Tags: Sudan, Nuba Mountains, film,
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Happy World Photo Day!

Posted by on August 19th, 2016

World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.

Tags: world photo day, get involved, sudan,
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Video: Collapsed Sudan Peace Talks

Posted by on August 17th, 2016

Watch a short video about the recent collapsed peace talks in Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, peace, talks, get involved,
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U.S. Government Responds To Arrests And Intimidation of Darfuris

Posted by on August 15th, 2016

The United States is gravely concerned about the Sudanese government’s ongoing detention of at least 15 Darfuri individuals, including one Sudanese national employee of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

Tags: Sudan, news, government, United States, foreign policy, get involved,
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Latest OCHA Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin

Posted by on August 14th, 2016

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cites conflict in Jebel Marra, Darfur as primary reason for uptick in forced displacements this year. And more. 

Tags: Sudan, news, update, get involved,
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#Celebrate5

Posted by on August 10th, 2016

5 years ago, we started Operation Broken Silence with one end goal in mind: to close our doors one day because our friends in Sudan don't need our help anymore.  

Tags: birthday, get involved, celebrate 5, Sudan,
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Tomorrow Is Our 5th Birthday

Posted by on August 9th, 2016

Tomorrow, we're celebrating our 5th birthday! Here's how you can join!

Tags: Sudan, get involved, celebrate5, donate
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Oppression Of Sudanese Christians Continues

Posted by on August 5th, 2016

With another church set to be demolished in Sudan, it is clear the oppression of Christians in Sudan is only going to intensify. 

Tags: Sudan, Christians, church, religion, rights, get involved,
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5 Reasons To Register Early For Eden's Run 5K

Posted by on August 3rd, 2016

Our annual 5K fundraiser is back for its 7th year and will be the biggest one yet! Here's 5 reasons why you should be a pro and register early. 

Tags: Eden's Run 5K, 5k, fundraise, volunteer, get involved, Sudan,
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The Church Burnings At Yida

Posted by on July 31st, 2016

In the early morning hours of January 16, 2016, three churches in Yida Refugee Camp were torched. Over six months later, it is still unclear exactly why this crime was committed and who was behind it.

Tags: Sudan, church, yida, get involved,
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Will U.S. Envoy's Visit To Darfur Lead To Needed Policy Changes?

Posted by on July 30th, 2016

On July 27-28, 2016, the United States Special Envoy for Sudan Donald Booth visited displaced populations in Darfur to assess the humanitarian situation and better understand local opinions on the national peace efforts. Read more.

Tags: Sudan, Darfur, news, Donald, Booth, United States, foreign policy,
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Good People Good Beer 2016 Results

Posted by on July 24th, 2016

On July 24, 2016, we hosted our 4th annual beer tasting fundraiser at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. Here are your results!

Tags: Memphis, beer tasting, beer, fundraiser, Sudan, volunteer,
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Watch: Katie Barber & Mark Hackett On Live At 9

Posted by on July 18th, 2016

Ooperation Broken Silence photographer Katie Barber and Executive Director Mark Hackett were recently interviews on News Channel 3 Live At 9. Watch the interview here. 

Tags: New Channel 3, interview, film, Sudan, get involved,
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You Can Now Give Monthly To Your Favorite Program

Posted by on July 17th, 2016

We've expanded our recurring donor platform! You can give monthly to your favorite program instead of just to our work in general. 

Tags: Sudan, give, donate, recurring,
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4 Reasons To Attend Good People Good Beer

Posted by on July 14th, 2016

Our annual beer tasting fundraiser has drawn more attention than the past 3 years combined. We've gotten a lot of questions about the event and our work, so we're summing up our answers in this blogpost!

Tags: Sudan, event, events, get involved, beer,
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Mapped: 2016 Human Displacement in Darfur

Posted by on July 9th, 2016

UN OCHA has released a new map with displacement figures for Darfur, Sudan so far in 2016. 

Tags: Darfur, Sudan, map, displacement, war,
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Introducing The Yida Photography Exhibit

Posted by on July 3rd, 2016

We know that for people to respond to the crisis in Sudan, they first need to see what is happening on the ground there. Introducing our most unique project to date that will introduce more people to the crisis in Sudan. 

Tags: Yida, Sudan, photography, photo, exhibit, get involved,
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The U.N. Is Abandoning Nuba Refugees ... Again

Posted by Mark Hackett on June 30th, 2016

Today, June 30, 2016 marks another ill-conceived effort by the United Nations to close Yida Refugee Camp. Learn more. 

Tags: Sudan, Nuba, Yida, Refugees, United Nations, get involved
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Working Towards A New Storytelling Experience

Posted by on June 24th, 2016

The University of Memphis serves as the host of the Governor's School for International Studies which takes place on the U of M Campus each year during the month of June. This year featured a presentation and workshop led by Operation Broken Silence's Executive Director Mark Hackett.

Tags: Sudan, Memphis, Tennessee, School, Governor's, program, photo exhibit,
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Life Goes On In Yida Refugee Camp

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016

Read the story behind a recent photo from Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan.

Tags: Sudan, photo, photography, get involved,
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4 Reasons Senator Corker Should Move S.2551 Forwards

Posted by Mark Hackett on June 21st, 2016

Senator Corker (R-TN) is uniquely positioned to move important foreign policy legislation forwards. Here's 5 great reasons why he should do just that. 

Tags: GAPA, S.2551, legislation, advocacy, campaign,
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Progress Is Overlooked In Sudan

Posted by on June 16th, 2016

Read the story behind a photo about saved lives. 

Tags: Sudan, photo, photography, get involved,
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June 2016 Endure Campaign Update

Posted by on June 14th, 2016

A brief update on the fundraising campaign for our educational program. 

Tags: Sudan, Endure, Campaign, fundraise, get involved,
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The Power Of A Photo

Posted by on June 12th, 2016

Read the story behind one of our movement's favorite photos. 

Tags: Sudan, photo, photography, story, film,
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Human Rights Abuses In Sudan: April 2016

Posted by on June 11th, 2016

During the month of April 2016, SUDO (UK)’s network of human rights monitors have reported and verified 98 incidents of human rights abuses across Sudan involving 12 Sudanese states. A further five reports were also submitted concerning three instances of ethnic violence, killing 18 militia members on all sides, a report on the arrival of approximately 236 families displaced from the fighting in Jebel Marra to three IDP Camps situated in Marshang locality, South Darfur, as well as the appalling humanitarian conditions faced by South Sudanese refugees in East Darfur.

Tags: Sudan, news, updates, get involved
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Sudan Government Speaks Out Against Remaining On U.S. Terrorism List

Posted by Mark Hackett on June 10th, 2016

The Sudanese government has spoken out against remaining on the US State Department’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list, despite it's continued support of international, regional, and domestic terrorism. Learn more. 

Tags: Sudan, terrorism, United States, State Department,
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44 Organizations Urge Congressional Action on Atrocities Prevention Following Executive Order

Posted by on June 6th, 2016

44 organizations from across the United States are calling on Congress to pass S.2551. Learn more. 

Tags: advocacy, Sudan, bill, legislation,
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Film Announcement

Posted by on June 4th, 2016

We just wrapped up production of our 4th documentary film about the crisis in Sudan. Here’s some early unedited photos from location.

Tags: Sudan, film, storytellers, news, give
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2016 Film Supporter Updates

Posted by on May 22nd, 2016

This blogpost will serve as the home for all updates we post about our next documentary film. If you supported the film by making a donation or fundraising, this is where you will be able to find all of your behind the scenes updates. 

Tags: Sudan, film, update,
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Sudan Government Displaces 2,000+ Civilians in Blue Nile

Posted by on May 20th, 2016

A brief update from Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, news, update,
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Bipartisan Group of 120 Lawmakers Call on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority

Posted by on May 19th, 2016

On May 4, 2016, a bipartisan group of 120 members of Congress called on President Obama to re-prioritize peace, accountability and protection of civilians in Sudan during his final year in office.

Tags: advocacy, Sudan, news,
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#Storytellers Campaign Results

Posted by on May 3rd, 2016

Fundraising for the #Storytellers Campaign has officially come to an end! See your final results here. 

Tags: Storytellers, campaign, fundraise, update, Sudan,
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Endure Campaign Update

Posted by on May 1st, 2016

A brief update on the Endure Campaign. 

Tags: Endure, campaign, update, fundraise
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#Storytellers Campaign Deadline is April 15

Posted by on April 2nd, 2016

The crowdfunding campaign for our next documentary film expires on April 15! We're only a few thousand dollars away from our goal. Learn more. 

Tags: storytellers, film, video, photo, documentary, get involved, give, donate,
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Sudan Government Launches Major Offensive in Nuba Mountains

Posted by on March 27th, 2016

A brief update from the Nuba Moutnains of Sudan. 

Tags: Sudan, update, Nuba,
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150 Villages Torched in Jebel Marra

Posted by on March 21st, 2016

An update on the situation in Jebel Marra, Darfur. 

Tags: jebel, marra, darfur, sudan, update,
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Choose901 Interviews Our Executive Director

Posted by on March 17th, 2016

There's a lot of great reasons we chose Memphis as our home. Our friends at Choose901, a movement of passionate Memphians who want to invest and enjoy their lives in the Bluff City, recently sat down with our Executive Director to learn more.

Tags: Choose901, video, watch, about,
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Mapped: Hostilities & The Displaced in Jebel Marra

Posted by on March 12th, 2016

OCHA has released a new reference map regarding the ground situation in Jebel Marra, Darfur. 

Tags: Jebel, Marra, Darfur, Sudan, map,
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#Storytellers Campaign Reaches $30,000 Raised

Posted by on March 11th, 2016

Our biggest campaign of 2016 just passed $30,000 raised thanks to our awesome supporters! Learn more.

Tags: Storytellers, documentary, film, get involved,
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Power of Sudan's NISS Continues To Grow

Posted by on March 10th, 2016

A new report highlights the growing power of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Tags: Sudan, news,
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Humanitarian Emergency in Kao-Nyaro-Warni Area

Posted by on March 7th, 2016

Humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in pockets of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Learn more.

Tags: report, Suda, Nuba, humanitarian, relief, fundraise,
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#Storytellers Campaign Reaches 50% Of Goal

Posted by on March 3rd, 2016

Our biggest campaign of 2016 has already reached 50% of its goal thaks to our awesome supporters! Learn more.

Tags: Storytellers, campaign, fundraise, update, get involved,
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GAPA Letter To Congress

Posted by on February 26th, 2016

We recently joined 59 other organizations in calling for the U.S. Senate to pass important anti-genocide legislation. Learn more. 

Tags: GAPA, letter, advocacy, sign on,
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What Is the Genocide & Atrocities Prevention Act?

Posted by on February 25th, 2016

We recently launched a statewide campaign in our home state calling on Senators Corker and Alexander to cosponsor new antigenocide legislation. Here's answers to your questions. 

Tags: genocide, mass atrocity, prevention, act, get involved, Sudan, advocate, advocacy,
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Ask Tennessee Senators To Cosponsor S. 2551

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

If you are one of our Tennessee activists, we have a unique opportunity for you! Learn more. 

Tags: genocide, atrocities, prevention, act, advocate, advocacy, take action,
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January 2016 Relief Mission Results

Posted by on February 15th, 2016

In January 2016, one of our End Nuba Genocide Campaign relief teams delivered food, medical, and school supplies to frontline communities in the Nuba Moutnains of Sudan. Learn more. 

Tags: Sudan, end, nuba, genocide, campaign, fundraise, relief, emergency,
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Challenge: $30,000 Raised by March 1

Posted by on February 14th, 2016

We need your help to make sure that we reach $30,000 raised on the #Storytellers Campaign by March 1! Here's how you can join. 

Tags: Storytellers, film, documentary, fundraise, fundraising, movement,
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Meet The Next Mount Sinjar

Posted by Mark Hackett on February 2nd, 2016

Thousands of families are besieged on a mountain by a violent extremist force with no humaitarian assistance. This time there will be no calvary coming over the hill. 

Tags: Singar, refugees, refugee, Jebel, Marra, Darfur, Sudan,
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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance

Posted by on January 27th, 2016

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Tags: Holocaust, Remembrance, get involved,
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Jebel Marra Under Siege: Update 3

Posted by on January 26th, 2016

On January 15, the government of Sudan renewed it's bombing and shelling campaign of Darfur's Jebel Marra region. Here's an update.

Tags: sudan, darfur, jebel, marra, massacre, genocide, war,
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Jebel Marra Under Siege: Update 2

Posted by on January 22nd, 2016

On January 15, the government of Sudan renewed it's bombing and shelling campaign of Darfur's Jebel Marra region. Here's an update.

Tags: sudan, darfur, jebel, marra, massacre, genocide, war,
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Memphis 20<30 2016

Posted by on January 21st, 2016

This is the seventh year of the Memphis Flyer's annual 20<30 issue, and this year's crop of young movers and shakers is, as usual, a diverse and impactful group. They are taking on the city's major issues — poverty, transportation, education, civil rights, and medical research. They are enriching the city with their work in music, art, fashion, agriculture, and business.

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Sudan Government Renews Jebel Marra Siege

Posted by on January 19th, 2016

On January 15, the government of Sudan renewed it's bombing and shelling campaign of Darfur's Jebel Marra region. Here's an update.

Tags: Sudan, Darfur, Jebel, Marra,
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5 Reasons To Join #Storytellers

Posted by on January 17th, 2016

On January 5, 2016 we launched our big campaign of 2016: #Storytellers. Here's 5 reasons you should join it. 

Tags: storytellers, film, documentary, Sudan, fundraise, fundraising, get involved, take action,
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Shoot & Splice Review

Posted by on January 8th, 2016

On January 5, 2016, our Executive Director joined a conversation about filmmaking at the monthly Shoot & Splice event in Memphis, TN. Learn more. 

Tags: film, documentary, event,
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We Are #Storytellers

Posted by on January 5th, 2016

In 2016, Operation Broken Silence will create it's fourth documentary film on Sudan. Our previous documentary films have introduced over 500,000 people to the crisis in Sudan and, more importantly, the amazing people living through it. Filmmaking and creative storytelling is at the heart of what we do and has played a major role in growing our movement for peace and justice in Sudan, as well as our on-the-ground programs.

Tags: film, documentary, Sudan, fundraise, fundraising,
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Get Involved in 2016

Posted by on January 2nd, 2016

We've identified some of the top ways you can support the people of Sudan in 2016. 

Tags: 2016, support, donate, fundraise,
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