Media Mentions

Past media coverage about life and work in Nuba


We Who Remain

Trevor Snapp and Sam Wolson - The New York Times

Mar. 13, 2017

A relentless war persists in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Thousands of people have been forced to flee. This is the story of those who remain.


US Sanctions On Sudan Up For Review 

Greta Van Sustern - MSNBC

June 16, 2017

Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and humanitarian activist Ryan Boyette discuss the crisis in Sudan and the possibility of U.S. sanctions being lifted. 


Human Rights First 2014 Honoree - Ryan Boyette

Ann Curry - NBC News

April 17, 2015

When war broke out in 2011 in southern Sudan, the aid organization Ryan Boyette worked for ordered its staff to evacuate. Boyette refused. Knowing what was coming and the lack of media in the region to witness it, he enlisted community members in the Nuba Mountains to form Nuba Reports, a network of both citizen and professional journalists. Click the image to play video.


Can digital cameras stop war criminals? This activist thinks so.

Amanda Taub - Vox

December 15, 2014

The brutal war being fought in Sudan's Nuba Mountains doesn't get much coverage in the international media. But when it does, it's usually because of the efforts of Ryan Boyette and his team at Nuba Reports. Read more


Party Like It’s Human Rights First

Human Rights First Award

October 23, 2014

What do an activist, an actor, and a law firm have in common? They were honored at the Human Rights First Award Dinner on Wednesday night at Chelsea Piers.

Ryan Boyette is the founder of Nuba Reports, an organization that empowers citizen-journalists in the Nuba mountain region in Sudan to report on the human rights abuses perpetuated by the government there. Human Rights First presented him with the award to honor this important but often dangerous work. Read more

( Pictured: Brian Williams, Ryan Boyette, and Elisa Massimino )

(Pictured: Brian Williams, Ryan Boyette, and Elisa Massimino)


The Man Who Stayed Behind

Nicholas Kristof - The New York Times

OCT. 22, 2011

In the last few months, as you and I have been fretting about the economy or moaning about the weather, Ryan Boyette has been living in a mud-wall hut and dodging bombs in his underwear.

Some humanitarian catastrophes — Congo, Somalia, Sudan — linger because the killing unfolds without witnesses. So Ryan, a 30-year-old from Florida, has made the perilous decision to bear witness to atrocities in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, secretly staying behind when other foreigners were evacuated. Read More

Ryan Boyette in front of his home in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan with his wife, Jazira.  

Ryan Boyette in front of his home in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan with his wife, Jazira.