Shattered Sudan

Shattered Sudan, a documentary film (in progress, 2010)

Directed, reported, written, and shot by Kerstin Costa.

November, 2010
Over the past 7 years the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has cost an estimated 300,000 people their lives, and driven another 2.7 million from their homes.

Two years into the violence the U.S. White House called the slaughter, rape and destruction by Sudanese government-backed militia “Genocide”.

The violence in Darfur broke out just at the time when the Government of Sudan signed a peace agreement with rebels in South Sudan, presumably ending Africa’s longest-running civil war that cost 2 million people their lives, and displaced almost 5 million more.

But the violence continues in fits and starts in oil-rich South Sudan, as well as in other parts of this vast country – and all the while the world continues to witness the carnage in Darfur.

On April 30th, 2006, some 80,000 people gathered on the Nation’s Mall in Washington D.C. to call for an end to the Genocide in Darfur.

On August 31st, 2006, the UN Security Council passed a resolution to send a peacekeeping force to Darfur. Sudan promptly rejected the resolution. The Security Council has adopted 23 resolutions on Darfur since the crisis began in 2003.

In 2011 the Southern Sudanese will vote in a referendum whether or not to secede from the Republic of Sudan.

With 85 percent of Sudan’s oil in the South, Khartoum would not willingly see the South go, therefore threatening a blood bath. *

The consequences would be felt throughout the region, and even globally.

* South Sudan indeed did vote to secede to become the world’s newest nation. In December of 2013 internal political tensions between South Sudan’s President and his former Vice President erupted into fighting on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. South Sudan has since descended into a brutal civil war.
Still photographs in the trailer courtesy of UN photo archives.