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Deforestation threatens nationwide park in DRC

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The Virunga Nationwide Park in japanese DRC is underneath menace.

The battle between authorities forces and the M23 rebels, allegedly supported by Rwanda, has led tens of 1000’s of civilians to flee the battle. 

Lots of the inner displaced have resorted to slicing down timber for firewood and charcoal.

“Since we now have been within the refugee camp, humanitarian help has not arrived. The vast majority of the displaced at the moment are right here within the park, and change into loggers to search out meals. It has been three months since we obtained any assist, so as a substitute of ravenous, we come to chop wooden within the park”, stated Jean-Bosco Bitegane, a displaced individual. 

Many refugees have sought shelter within the park residence to spectacular species of wildlife together with mountain gorillas.

“We wish to go residence, to flee the conflict, we now have deserted every thing, I think about the attackers have already looted every thing whereas famine threatens us right here. So, if we’re within the park immediately, it’s to keep away from ravenous to dying”, added the displaced individual. 

Other than the displaced the park authorities should cope with the native armed militias. Final month, two rangers have been killed and one other wounded by suspected militiamen.

In lower than two months greater than 500 acres of forest have been razed to stumps.

“There’s a want among the many displaced, a necessity for firewood, but additionally alternatively, we now have an obligation to guard the park, and that actually places us in a troublesome state of affairs. However apart from the presence of displaced folks on this space, additionally it is value declaring the activism of armed teams”, added Méthode Uhoze, head of exterior relations of the Virunga Nationwide Park.

Final week, Rwandan President Paul Kagame stated the nation would not settle for folks escaping the violence in neighbouring DRC , additional stoking tensions between the 2 international locations.