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Richard Ruati

Richard has been described as one of the most probing -- some might say annoying -- people in Western Equatoria State. But that has contributed to his courageous frontline coverage of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its cross-border activities. Fond of saying the pen and microphone are permanent extensions of his right arm, Richard has played a vital role holding South Sudanese leaders accountable for their actions. After working for the state Ministry of Information and Communications, he ran operations and programming for Yambio FM, the largest station in Western Equatoria State. Now a freelance correspondent, he contributes to Sudan Tribune online, the Juba Post, the Khartoum Monitor and Southern Eye. He is also a consultant to Yambio FM and has worked with the UN, Enough Project, Reuters, AFP and BBC in the past. The US Consulate wrote about Richard: “His prolific, insightful, and often fearless coverage of LRA activities has been invaluable to domestic and international observers and policymakers...He considers it a badge of honor that his uncompromising pursuit of the truth has caused the same state government to jail him in the past.”