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Terror in Sudan



Winner 2012 Rory Peck Sony Impact Award

Daniel’s film – made with reporter Aiden Hartley – provided evidence of Sudanese government attacks on tens of thousands of civilians in the troubled Nuba region of the country. The viewer response to the film led to money being raised for a charity supporting the hospital. The UK Foreign Office said the film played an important role in the UK policy debate on Sudan.

The judges described the film as haunting and very moving. One said: “It is sensitively filmed – it is under-stated and well-paced. There are very many small moments which create a huge emotional impact on the viewer. It is not a well-known story but I don’t think any of us will now be able to forget what is happening in those mountains.”

With entries from across the world, the Rory Peck awards highlight the bravery, talent and dedication of the news industry’s independent operators and showcase the incredible stories and images that they uncover.



Nominated Royal Television Society Independent Award

The Royal Television Society is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media.The RTS Television Journalism Awards were founded in 1978 and seek to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are received in the UK and by the agencies which supply UK news broadcasters.

The Independent award is to recognise the best original journalism by an independent production company. Emphasis is placed on material or stories that would not have been seen without the individual contribution of the entrant.




Terror in Sudan


April 23, 2012 By Aidan Hartley

Shrapnel from a bomb blast has ripped away half the boy’s face. “Don’t cry”, says his father as his crying child Sabir has his wounds dressed. ‘Don’t cry,’ he says to his 11-year-old son. “It’s nearly over”, soothes his dad Abdu.

Here in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains the war isn’t nearly over. It’s escalating as skirmishes between north and South Sudan become bigger battles. The war is widening and more people are dying – and one day we will ask whether we did enough to stop it.

I’m haunted by what I saw at the Mother of Mercy – the hospital that sits at the heart of this war – where Sabir’s life was saved last month.

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The Observer – Pick of the Day

For the first programme in a new run Aidan Hartley (above) and Daniel Bogado travel to the Nuba Mountains to film the doctors who are saving children in a largely hidden war being perpetrated on the largely Christian civilian population by one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships. Last year President Omar al-Bashir declared: “There will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity. . . Islam [will be] the official religion and Arabic the official language. . . we will force them back into the mountains and starve them.” Unless action is taken, as this important film demonstrates, the horn of Africa faces another devastating manmade famine.

The Independent – Critic’s Choice

Aidan Hartley travels to the Nuba mountains region of war-torn Sudan, where civilians are being allegedly targeted by forces of President Omar al-Bashir – the first serving head of state to be indicted by the International Criminal Court – in a bid to eradicate any opposition.


The Guardian – Pick of the day

What the world’s media saw: photos of George Clooney in handcuffs outside the Sudan embassy. What Unreported World saw: caves in the Nuba Mountains teeming with thousands of black, African Christians, made homeless by constant aerial bombardments from Omar al-Bashir’s forces, during a civil war stretching back to the 1980s. In the first of a new series, reporter Aidan Hartley and director Daniel Bogado place themselves squarely in the war zone, among doctors working without anaesthetic, and civilians facing yet another man-made famine.


Belfast Telegraph – TV Choice

Unreported World- Channel 4, 7.30pmThere’s a pretty good argument for this being one of the most important programmes on the box. It uncovers the stories that you don’t usually hear in other parts of the media. As it returns for a new series, reporters Aidan Hartley and director Daniel Bogado travel into Sudan’s Nuba Mountains to reveal the work of doctors saving the lives of children caught up in a largely hid-den and brutal conflict.


Sunday Mirror –Best Documentary

Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Columbia – these are some of the countries tearing themselves apart from inner turmoil. But there are other, much lesser-know, wars taking the lives of hundreds daily. Now, thanks to the great work of reporter Aidan Hartley and director Daniel Bogado, Channel 4 brings us deep into war-torn Sudan to discover how a brutal conflict there has led to a crushing famine. Sadly gripping stuff.