Browsing All posts tagged under »DRC«

Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

June 2, 2012

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Trying to get a meeting with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is no mean feat.  She is one of Africa’s leading scientists and conservationists and she’s in huge demand. Her mission to promote conservation through human public health is something that is becoming increasingly more important as people and animals are forced to live in closer proximity […]

Cholera – Day 75

May 17, 2012

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The area I’m in has been plagued by cholera for more or less a month now. The worst of it is in the villages which lie along the lake’s shore including Bugoigo (remember camp Guan-Tanna-mo!) but there have been a few cases here in Biiso. Once again a lot of people are blaming the Congolese […]

Fish – Day 54

April 28, 2012

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Next week is my last at camp Budongo. I feel quite emotional about it. I love the surroundings, the staff; field assistants, the researchers and Mary’s cooking (chapatis just won’t taste the same elsewhere!). It will be hard to leave dry-eyed even for a cynical old boot like me. Nine weeks have vanished, but I […]

Oil exploration suspended in DRC, but for how long?

April 5, 2011

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They’ve may have won the first round, but conservationists say they are stepping up the pressure on the Congolese government to say ‘no’ for good to two British oil firms drilling in Africa’s oldest park. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a UNESCO world heritage site, permission had been granted […]

Female Empowerment

February 24, 2011

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Girl Power is a phrase that was banded about in the mid 1990’s by the phenomenally successful pop quintet, Spice Girls. Females of all ages were no longer tarred with the same brush as the ‘burn-your-bra’ feminists of the past; but given a new perspective in mainstream media. The phrase was so popular that the […]

Eight Virunga Park rangers die following ambush by rebel militia

February 7, 2011

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Since 1996, one hundred and forty park rangers have been killed by rebel militia, for trying to protect Virunga National Park and the species within it. According to the charity, the Gorilla Organization, the park has suffered more ranger deaths than any other protected area in the world and in recent weeks the violence has escalated due […]

Oil companies to enter Mountain Gorilla range

December 4, 2010

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As part of my homework this week, I was asked to watch a documentary on the Mountain Gorillas. Out of all the primates I am learning about, the gorillas are my favourite. They truly are the gentle giants of the primate world and it would be a huge honour to one day see them in […]