The Film That Became a Movement

The Heart of Nuba, the story of American doctor Tom Catena selflessly serving the needs of a forgotten people, has inspired a movement to save lives.

It has raised for than $2 million in donations, 100% of which have gone to medical supplies, staff training and other critical needs of “Dr. Tom’s” hospital, the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The popularity of the film put pressure on Sudan’s leaders, exposed Omar al-Bashir’s crimes against his citizenry to the world, and help to spur the overthrow of the convicted war criminal Omar Al-Bashir.

There is more to be done. Join us now as we help the Nuba people to heal and rebuild.

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Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Dr. Tom Catena emailed Kennth Carlson (Director of The Heart of Nuba) today and spoke briefly about the current events, and coup, in Sudan. As usual, he is walking with a steadfast vision forward, to the job at hand, taking changes in stride as he continues to focus...

Video Update from Dr. Tom

Video Update from Dr. Tom

Dr. Tom sent us a short video update from his phone, with some warm words for The Heart of Nuba and the network that has gathered around the film and provided invaluable support for the hospital. Enjoy. 

Update from Dr. Tom in Nuba

Update from Dr. Tom in Nuba

Hello from rainy Nuba.  Finally getting some good rain on this end after a dry start.  Nasima spent the day planting peanuts.  Francis is in a neighboring village this week visiting his cousins.  He thinks he’s a big man now but he doesn’t realize...



Nicholas Kristof on Dr. Tom and The Heart of Nuba

The Heart of Nuba on CNN.

The Heart of Nuba on CNNi. Watch a stirring segment with Dr. Tom Catena, producer/director Kenneth A. Carlson, the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, and others.

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Working Together to Save and Improve Lives:

Carlson Meets With Congressman McGovern

Producer/Director Kenneth A Carlson met yesterday with Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, United States Congress, discussing the road forward for the people of Nuba.

Dr. Tom Catena - 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate

The $1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded tonight to Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York who has saved thousands of lives as the sole doctor permanently based in Sudan’s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains where humanitarian aid is restricted. The Aurora Prize, granted by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, was announced at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia. He was selected as the 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate from more than 550 nominations submitted from 66 countries.

A New Generator for Mother of Mercy Hospital

Last year’s flood destroyed the generator at Mother of Mercy Hospital. Africa Mission Healthcare, a non profit that has provided invaluable support to Dr. Tom’s hospitas and others in Africa, procured and installed a replacement generator.

The generator will top-up the solar power during the long rainy season. It will serve as a back-up for the operating theater should the solar system fail. It was supplied through the generosity of Africa Mission Healthcare donors. Thank you!