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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Same Faces, Same Crimes, Same Regime

The most oppressed Sudanese cannot afford for the international community to look at political developments in Khartoum within a vacuum. Regime-sponsored crimes continue to be committed in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur by forces that report to Transitional Military Council leaders. Some of these regime insiders have met with international diplomats as the face of the “new” regime and should not be trusted. The Transitional Military Council is an extension of the regime underneath Bashir. It only bears a cosmetic difference from when Bashir was in control: less familiar faces, same style of corrupt and violent individuals that came up through the regime’s ranks.

More importantly though, Sudanese in the Nuba Mountains continue to suffer at the hands of the Transitional Military Council and their murderous security forces. The oppression they face should be given equal attention to the protests and political developments in Sudan’s capital, where power has been overwhelmingly concentrated for far too long.

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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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