In October 2016, Operation Broken Silence launched the Heart of Nuba Campaign, an online fundraising movement focused on supporting Mother of Mercy Hospital in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. This is a brief update about Dr. Tom and your progress so far.
People in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan have been living in emergency conditions since June of 2011, when the government of Sudan launched a relentless campaign of terror and death against their communities. The Sudanese government has officially banned all aid and media organizations from the Nuba Mountains in an attempt to cover it’s crimes. The deteriorating situation here has become a forgotten conflict for much of the world. Click or tap the map for a visual.
In the warzone sits Mother of Mercy hospital, one of the only medical facilities in the region. This life-saving facility is led by American Dr. Tom Catena and a small local staff. Dr. Tom and the local staff refuses to leave and does their best to save lives in the midst of carnage and terror, treating as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Access to basic medical supplies is extremely limited. The hospital depends entirely on fundraising and donations to treat the wounded and train the staff.
Heart of Nuba Campaign Update
The Heart of Nuba Campaign is the official online fundraising effort of The Heart of Nuba film, a feature-length documentary about Dr. Tom and the staff at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Funds raised through the Heart of Nuba Campaign go to supporting the amazing work being done everyday at the hospital. You can watch the trailer below:
To date, 10 fundraisers and 2 fundraising teams have raised over $20,000 from 82 donors through their fundraising pages. So far, $16,000 of these funds you have already raised have been sent to the hospital! Great work!
Dr. Tom recently wrote a compelling article for The Guardian explaining why foreign aid to war-afflicted areas of the world is so important. He writes:
Since 2007, I have been the only doctor permanently based in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, home to 750,000 people. It is also a conflict zone. War has raged since 2011 between the Government of Sudan, and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement.
The people of this region have suffered beyond belief, with aerial bombardments a daily occurrence for years. Villages and farms have been targeted, forcing the population to flee into the mountains, where they have little or no food. I have experienced the atrocities and hardships of this war, firsthand. I regularly treat up to 400 people a day. Adults and children with horrific burns across their bodies, toddlers with lost limbs due to shrapnel wounds and people suffering from leprosy or malnutrition.
We don’t have access to medical technology. Supplies are limited. We use decades-old treatments and often don’t have electricity or running water. We don’t even have reliable telephones. But I’m always on call, delivering babies, treating cancer, training my staff and, all too often, repairing the wounds inflicted by war, using what few resources we have, and with support from my incredible team.
You can read and share the full article here.
And we have exciting news! Dr. Tom was recently announced as the winner of the annual $1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. This prize granted by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors was announced at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia.
Dr. Tom was selected as the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate from more than 550 nominations submitted from 66 countries. You can learn more about this prize here.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education, advocacy, and emergency relief programs. Here are a few different ways you can support Dr. Tom and Mother of Mercy Hospital:
1. Give Monthly. This is the best and easiest way to support the lifesaving work being done every day at Mother of Mercy Hospital. You can play a huge role in their work by joining The Renewal, which is our monthly recurring giving program. LEARN MORE »
2. Start Fundraising. You can start a personal fundraising page for the Heart of Nuba Campaign and ask your friends and family to give. This is an excellent way to support these classrooms and get your community involved as well. START FUNDRAISING »
3. Give. If you're not ready to make a monthly giving or fundraising commitment yet, making a one-time donation is the perfect next step for you. GIVE HERE »