Boston Globe

Dealing with life and death in southern Sudan

The conflict and atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region seized the world’s attention about 10 years ago, but since then other wars have taken its place. Nonetheless, the bloodshed continues as the Sudanese Omar al-Bashir has attacked the people of the disputed Nuba Mountain region.

All non-governmental organizations have been banned from the area, but Dr. Tom Catena, 52, of the Catholic Mother of Mercy hospital remains, the sole doctor for a million people. Despite war-zone conditions, he has been on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, tending to al-Bashir’s victims.

Filmmaker Ken Carlson tells Dr. Catena’s story in his powerful documentary “The Heart of Nuba.” On the phone from Santa Monica, Calif., Carlson tells how he came across the story and what he hopes his film will accomplish.

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