Stories

read and share your favorite stories from Sudan and the movement

Storytelling is a great way to introduce your friends and family to the crisis in Sudan and how they can help. Read and share your favorite stories below, or see them all on our Medium profile page

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Behind The Making Of The Renewal

On June 6, 2017, our organization relaunched our monthly giving program to better reflect our brand, mission, and the incredible people we serve in Sudan. This 4-month long process included research, communication with our supporters about what they would like to see, and a new piece of media that is, well, pretty amazing. Here’s the rundown of how The Renewal was made and how it ties into our mission of helping you empower the Sudanese people.

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A Memphis Photographer Meets His Exhibit

Jacob Geyer is one of the brilliant photographers behind the Yida Photography Exhibit. Right before we finished putting the exhibit together, he was in a car accident that broke his pelvis and temporarily put him in a wheelchair. In March of 2017, he got to see his completed work for the first time.

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Hope In The Darkness

A photo may speak louder than 1,000 words, but sometimes words help a photo become even more powerful. This is one of those photos that deserves to have its story told.

“One of the first things you notice when walking around Yida is the sheer number of children everywhere. Many of the kids here have been separated from their parents due to the war in the Nuba Mountains. Some watched their parents be murdered by the government. You would think that after what they have been through, they would be angry, sad, or depressed. But more often than not, they smile and play just like every other kid in the world.”

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The Church Brings At Yida

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.

On a normal day, Yida is a relatively quiet place where refugees go about their daily lives. In the early morning hours of January 16, 2016, it was a much different story. Hundreds of Nuba Christians and other nearby camp residents were awakened by cries that their places of worship were burning. Within a few days, it became public knowledge that the churches were torched by a small group of individuals. And today, over six months later, it is still unclear exactly why.

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Progress Is Overlooked In Sudan

A photo may speak louder than 1,000 words, but sometimes words help a photo become even more powerful. This is one of those photos that deserves to have its story told.

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Meet Jargi Joseph

It was still dark when 15-year-old Jargi Joseph woke up to begin the day. It would be his last few moments with his family. The warplanes started bombing before daylight.

Jargi Joseph remembers everything that happened. With cries of fear people woke up and prepared to flee, but by then it was too late. Screaming jets, searing explosions, and people torn to shreds by the shrapnel consumed his senses. Through the bloodshed, parents began screaming at their children to run as the planes circled back around for another bombing run.

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The Death March

Five days. That’s how long it would take to get to the South Sudan border and the safety of the refugee camp. Despite living in desperate conditions for two years, this journey would be the hardest and most dangerous time in their lives.

For two long years, Sudanese government warplanes had hammered their homes and schools. For two long years, they watched helplessly as government militias burnt their crops and looted their livestock. Those that were caught by militamen were almost always killed. The majority of the 22,000 people living in this part of the Nuba Mountains had abandoned their homes for mountain caves.

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Behind The Scenes

The story of making Lost Generation of Sudan has lots of behind the scenes moments that are funny, upsetting, frustrating, and just downright terrifying. It’s a story that spans eleven months, three countries, thousands of travel miles, and a lot of amazing supporters who gave $26,500 so we could tell this important story.

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