Virunga and The Ecological Costs of War: Conflict a Consistent Killer of African Megafauna

Hope for Virunga and all these irreplaceable places and protected areas affected by conflict and war.  A new study highlights that  “sustained conservation activity in conflict zones—and rapid interventions following ceasefires—may help to save many at-risk populations and species.” Researchers report that war has been a consistent factor in the decades-long decline of Africa’s large mammals.… Read More

Economics by Other Means: War, Poverty, and Conflict Minerals in Africa – Virunga

With support from Moscow, Washington, and the former imperial capitals no longer assured, armed groups in Africa now compete for riches in diamond mines, gold pits, oil wells, and rare earth deposits. By Kwei Quartey, November 27, 2013 Throughout the postcolonial period, internecine warfare—along with the poverty and underdevelopment that attend it—has been endemic to… Read More

Saving Congo’s Gorillas: A Refuge for Species Under Threat

“Gorillas have something in their soul very close to humans,” says Andre Bauma, a ranger at Virunga National Park and the “father” of a pair of adopted female mountain gorillas. To lose them would be to lose a part of ourselves. . Note: this is not Andre but Caretaker Baboo

Oil Wars – Sudan – a Photo Essay: when will we learn?

ALL PICTURES – United Nations Photos Thai Peacekeepers Bring Medical Assistance to West Darfur Village UNAMID Officers on Patrol in Sudan Food Air-Dropped to Flooded Village in Sudan North Darfuris Flee Villages after Heavy Fighting Newly Displaced Sudanese Settle in Tawila, North Darfur Displaced Darfuris Receive Efficient Water Rollers Aftermath of Attack on Abyei Medal… Read More

1 Virunga photo = 30 seconds to talk about Conflict, Humanity and Conservation

A Story about courage in Africa’s oldest national park . All our current human traumas are interrelated… as journalist I want us to pay more attention to those lateral connections… these images they allow us to talk about the war, they allow us to talk about humanity …and they allows us to find new ways… Read More

AUG 2012, Reynders in Congo: War, Oil and Virunga on the discussion table?

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, is on an official mission in DR-Congo and Rwanda. He should be meeting DRC President Joseph Kabila this afternoon in Lubumbashi. This will be his second official visit to Kinshasa; he first visited the country in March 2012. As expected, discussions will be centered… Read More

Virunga: “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: the environmental footprint of war”

  What prompts this film is recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparations for war. The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity – all presage ecosystems in… Read More