DRC: ‘live’ report (2)

Both the hands of the African and the foreigner are needed to work together for the protection of Eastern Lowland Gorillas.

D R Congo (DRC) citizens have tried to protect and conserve the Eastern Lowland Gorillas for over four decades now and this would not have been possible without financial assistance from overseas.

It was always estimated that the population of these gorillas was much higher than the other three subspecies of gorillas as the number had been estimated at about 17,000 early in the 1990s (Hall J. et all, 1994).

The Kahuzi Biega National Park, the best protected by well-trained anti-poaching rangers, had in its highland sector a total of 258 until 1996 when the civil war in DRC began. Four years later in 2000 half of this population was eaten for bush-meat, trophies and living babies until the number was reduced to 130.

Around this time the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) together with the Kahuzi Biega National Park authorities carried out a census in some areas of the lowland sector of this park: the results show a steep decline in the gorilla population.

We wonder what can be the future of the remaining gorillas, and if there are more gorillas in the non-protected areas in the community forests: what will be their future as different armed factions hide in this area?

If the eastern DRC is a continuous battle-ground what is the future of the still remaining population of ELG? Our wounds remains fresh for the loss of the different gorilla families like Mahesh1, Mushamuka, Ninja, Lamchop, Mint Sauce, Mishebere and their families who were slaughtered for bush-meat: we used to meet them daily for three decades and were old friends. Now they are slaughtered.

That is why everybody in this world should be saying “NO” for the war in DRC. Both the hands of the African and the foreigner can join together for the rescue of eastern DRC’s natural resources and people. Together we can.

We desperately want to see the end of troubles in this country so that we can live proper lives and not just live with fighting all the time. John Kahekewa: http://www.polepolefoundation.org

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