The Lost Generation of Sudan Documentary Film
In 1989, Brigadier General Omar al-Bashir seized power in Sudan during a military coup. Sharia law was promptly implemented across the country and the civil war in Sudan's southern provinces rapidly spread. During this brutal conflict, over two million people perished due to government-backed mass murder, enforced starvation, and scorched-earth tactics that amounted to genocide. A peace agreement came in 2005 followed by South Sudan's independence in 2011.
It was during this conflict that over 20,000 war orphans and displaced children of the Dinka and Nuer ethnicities made an infamous trek out of Sudan's southern provinces. The story of these children who fled the southern provinces of Sudan during the Second Sudanese Civil War shocked the conscience of the world. Hunted by government soldiers, warplanes, and militias, attacked by wild animals such as lions and crocodiles, and traumatized by the heavy losses inflicted on the other children around them, their stories moved many American citizens and eventually the U.S. government to action. Collectively, they became know as the Lost Boys of Sudan.
In 2011, Sudan's military dictatorship launched a new military campaign in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states that has been rife with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and a forced denial of humanitarian relief and media agencies to the regions. These violent attacks and forced denial of humanitarian aid to the people living in the Nuba Mountains is creating a massive humanitarian crisis that has no end in sight. Schools, churches, and homes are being targeted by government warplanes daily, even as nearly one million people have fled across the border to South Sudan or into mountain caves.
In May of 2014, Operation Broken Silence staff visited South Sudan to shoot our third documentary film. Along the way we met and interviewed some amazing individuals, including a new generation of war orphans who have fled their destroyed communities in Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Collectively, they are known as the Lost Generation of Sudan.
By making a contribution to or fundraising for this film, you will be playing a vital role in telling this largely unknown story. These children are known as "Lost" because they are not being provided an education following their unescorted walking through and out of one of the most dangerous war zones in the world. They are Sudan's only hope for a better, brighter future. Each day that passes without international support for them severely impacts their future, as well as the future of their country. Together, we can change that.
Additional funds raised beyond this film's budget will be used as a start-up investment for our 2014 on-the-ground programs.