To understand why World Media Now exists you have to read the story of people like Ryan Boyette.
Ryan was a good-hearted soul who went to Sudan on a humanitarian mission with Samaritan’s Purse and never came home. Thankfully, Ryan is fine, newly married and despite dodging the occasional aerial bombing and bullets of one of the most dangerous places on earth – the Sudanese Nuba Mountain range – he’s living a normal missionary life. We’re featuring Ryan and his wife Jazira because they represent the type of people with which World Media Now will work.
In “The Man Who Stayed Behind,” , New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff sings Ryan’s praises for staying behind when most aid workers and missionaries had evacuated from the Sudan region because of the violence. And we sure want to pat Ryan on the back as well. But another reason why Ryan and his wife Jazira are extremely important is that they are providing valuable information on what’s going on in the Sudan that not even the New York Times with all its largess can obtain. In fact, it is the closely held networks of hard-working non-profits that news about Sudan, Egypt, Colombia and several other countries is getting out.
Writing in the New York Times Kristoff says Ryan works with 15 people to gather information – photos, videos and documenting atrocities – and then disseminates that information to advocacy NGO’s who focus on the Sudan.
“He’s irreplaceable,” said Jonathan Hutson of the Enough Project. “There’s no substitute for someone on the ground.”
World Media Now hopes to create more irreplaceable citizen journalists like the folks working with Ryan. We aim to be a megaphone for them to tell their stories so others may understand the issues they face and help them to change the world.