The conflict in Blue Nile, Sudan is one of the longest running and least reported humanitarian crises in the world. Often eclipsed by its neighbours Darfur and South Kordofan, Blue Nile holds a similar status as a breakaway state fighting a long slow war agains the central Sudanese government in Khartoum. Antonov bombers routinely fly overhead, dropping indiscriminate barrel bombs, making the region too dangerous for international NGOs. Many in the region teeter on the brink of starvation. 

This was Documist’s first original reporting work, and represents one of our most impactful stories to date. Our evidence of the use of child soldiers was referenced in the latest calls for negotiations with the SPLA-N, and the report has been viewed thousands of times around the world. It also featured on radio and on podcasts, in the DAWNS Digest humanitarian newsletter and in the human rights blog Wronging Rights. Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Howard French called it a “terrific package”. But perhaps most importantly, Radio Tamazuj, the main local media outlet in South Sudan also picked it up: Sudanese and South Sudanese rarely get information from Blue Nile themselves.

“Find the time to read this incredible multimedia piece on a forgotten conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile State”  - Washington Post Africa Bureau Chief Max Bearak. 

“An extraordinarily timely piece,” - foreign affairs analyst Lesley Anne Warner.


Client: IRIN News

Production Company: Documist

Directors & Cinematographers: Alex Pritz and Will Miller

Executive Producer: Obi Onyaddi 

Writer: Amanda Sperber

Still Photography: Alex Pritz and Ashley Hamer

Artwork: Ashley Hamer

Editors: Will Miller and Alex Pritz

Web Design: Ross Martin


Amnesty Award Shortlist

NPPA Multimedia Awards - 2nd place


Pre-production & storyboarding

Creative direction



Still photography