Over the last few days, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), lost six colleagues in what is said to be one of the most traumatic attacks in the park’s recent history. This tragedy highlights the risks rangers take to protect the the park, and the communities that live in and around it, emphasising the importance of their work.
Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, said in a press release delivered yesterday: “We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our colleagues yesterday. Virunga has lost some extraordinarily brave rangers who were deeply committed to working in service of their communities. It is unacceptable that Virunga’s rangers continue to pay the highest price in defence of our common heritage and we are devastated that their lives have been cut short in this way.” He added that the staff at Virunga National Park “Send our deepest condolences to the families, wives and children they leave behind and remain committed to creating a better future for eastern Congo.”
Click below to read the press release in full:
One of the park rangers Angèle is coming to the United Kingdom next week to run the London Marathon, raising funds for the park in memory of her late colleagues. To learn more about Angèle’s involvement with the London Marathon click the following link:
If you are able to make a donation yourself please click here: https://virunga.org/donate/
For all other countries, donations can be made via the Virgin Money Giving fundraising page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=VirungaMarathon&pageUrl=3 If you are a UK taxpayer, you can also maximise your donation using Gift Aid (25p will be given to every £1 you give).
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