Storytelling & Movement Building

telling Sudanese stories and mobilizing people around the world for action


Despite the severity of the crisis in Sudan, the Sudanese people and the issues they face receive little to no media attention. On the rare occassion stories from Sudan are covered in the media, the country is often presented as a hopeless place with zero solutions. Not only is this extremely unfair, it is also simply not true. 

Through the immense power of documentary film, documentary photography, and in-person events, we give the Sudanese people an opportunity to speak for themselves and inspire people around the world to get involved in on-the-ground programs led by local Sudanese leaders. Our stunning media projects showcasing their stories mobilize people for action, as well as prove where every dollar you raise and give goes.


Here are our current Storytelling and Movement Building projects:

The Yida Photography Exhibit

The 313 breathtaking images featured in this traveling exhibit are part of a collection of 4,535 photos taken in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan by Operation Broken Silence’s photographers. This immersive experience focuses on persecuted and oppressed Sudanese from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan who have fled to Yida. Their homeland has been besieged in a genocidal war by Sudan's dictatorship since 2011. The exhibit takes audiences into what life is like in the refugee camp, introduces them to the crisis in Sudan, who refugees are, and different aspects of Nuba culture, and provides tangible ways to get involved in supporting the Sudanese people through fundraising and giving.

What A Week In Sudan Newsletter

The "What A Week In Sudan" e-newsletter highlights important and overlooked stories from Sudan and is delivered straight to your inbox once a week for you to read. It's a good mix of hard news, some light humor, and most importantly: context. We also include latest program updates and a rotating set of ways to get more involved.

Soirée For Sudan

Soirée For Sudan is our annual Gala that benefits the Endure Primary and Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp. A modern take on what is a traditionally stuffy nonprofit event, the Soirée takes place every spring in Memphis, TN and brings together our supporters from around the country, as well as people learning about Sudan for the first time. The theme for the evening changes annually.

Eden's Run 5K For Refugee Education

Eden's Run 5K is our annual family-friendly run/walk event that benefits the Endure Primary and Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. This timed race was started and managed years ago by then-high school student Eden Siskind and benefited Sudanese refugee camps. Eden passed off the race to us in 2014 when she headed off to college, and we've been faithfully continuing this fundraising run ever since.

How Well Has Our Storytelling Built A Movement?

It has been an amazing journey so far. As of December 2018, our Storytelling projects (films, campaign videos, photography, and events) has built our movement into 16 countries with 4,000+ active supporters who are empowering the Sudanese people. When we show people what is happening in Sudan, they respond with action. And we're only just getting started. 

Upcoming: Movement Conversations Podcast (Fall 2019)

Movement Conversations is a podcast from nonprofit organization Operation Broken Silence about the crisis in Sudan, our mission, and you: our movement. Every other week, our Executive Director will sit down with a guest to talk about our collective journey through it all: from the war-torn frontlines and refugee camps of Sudan to the halls of the powerful to our movement’s living rooms. This is a show where we learn about our combined history and the issues we face, so we can figure out Sudan’s uncertain future together. It includes honest talk about what we can do better at, but a lot of it is also about what we’re doing right. Launching Fall 2019.

Upcoming: The Yida Documentary Film (Spring 2020)

Yida is a new documentary film that examines life in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan, where tens of thousands of Sudanese live after fleeing their government's genocidal war just across the border in the Nuba Mountains. This film is currently in post-production and will be released to the public in Fall 2019.

Learn More About These Projects & Events

The Yida Photography Exhibit is available for churches, universities, schools, and community groups in the Greater Memphis,TN-area to host through the end of 2020. LEARN MORE »

The What A Week Newsletter is free to sign up for! You'll start receiving a weekly update from Sudan once a week. SIGN UP HERE »

Soirée For Sudan is our annual event that benefits the Endure Primary and Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. LEARN ABOUT SOIREE FOR SUDAN » 

Eden's Run 5K is our annual family-friendly run/walk event that benefits the Endure Primary School in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. LEARN ABOUT THE 5K »

About Operation Broken Silence

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 and movement-building, education and emergency relief, and grassroots advocacy programs. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.