Our team here at Operation Broken Silence is honored to be an official 2013 Epoch Awards Nominee. We are joined by dozens of organizations and individuals who look at global problems such as fear reign, war, and HIV/AIDS and, instead of turning away, say “we’re going to go do something about that.”
Operation Broken Silence is more then just a non-profit organization. Sure, we have a 501(c)(3) license, a mission statement, a Board of Directors, and other cool stuff along the same lines. Ultimately though, we are a movement fighting for peace and justice in Sudan. We believe that telling the stories of those affected by war crimes at the hands of the Sudanese government can change the way ordinary people feel, think, and act about problems that seem to big to solve. We take the stories of those who have asked for our help, put them through a megaphone, and then use people and funds moved by them to make a difference. While this simple formula works well, we do it because it is the right thing to do.
Victims of crimes by the Sudanese government have told us time and time again that they want their story to be told to the world. While they do not want to perish, they want the assurance that if their time comes the world will at least know what happened to them. Simply put, they do not want to die in complete and total darkness. That’s why we use photos, videos, and writings to retell their stories and bring them help on the flip side of the coin. We’re not just committed to getting the word out on their behalf, we’re committed to coming back with resources they can use to survive.
While the financial benefit of receiving an Epoch award would mean incredible things for our work, we are truly humbled to be considered for such an honor in the first place among so many amazing organizations and people. Award or not, Epoch has given us an amazing opportunity to tell the story of our Sudanese friends on a unique platform to a large audience that cares. We couldn’t be more grateful for that opportunity in and of itself.