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Emmanuel de Merode and Virunga National Park

Democratic Republic of Congo Virunga National Park Emmanuel de Merode Guerrilla Mountain Gorilla Oil Exploitation

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#1 Paolo

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 03:58 PM

A brilliant article, outlining the dramatic threaths faced by Virunga National Park, and the stubborn willingness of its chief warden, Emmanuel de Merode, to protect it against all sort of enemies, at the risk of his own life (as widely known, de Merode was almost killed in an ambush earlier this year):

 

http://www.thedailyb...-the-congo.html

 

 


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#2 Soukous

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 04:25 PM

wonderful article @Paolo - both inspiring and alarming


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#3 Kitsafari

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 02:27 AM

Brilliant article. read it at the airport yesterday. He's very inspirational and embodies the true spirit of a truly committed conservationist.  



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 10:18 AM

one of the most amazing conservationist without any doubt


“Africa’s human and natural resources have been pillaged and plundered for generations by people from far off lands. From slavery to archaeological artifacts, minerals, fauna and flora, the continent and its people have for so long been victims of other continents’ selfish interests, and today it is continuing…our elephant ivory and rhino horn are going to countries where they are used for God knows what! Only to satisfy ridiculous outdated beliefs whilst we remain with carcasses, as proof we once owned these magnificent animals.” President Khama


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 02:03 AM

This guy really is a hero in the true meaning of the word



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 01:52 AM

The Netflix documentary " Virunga" has just been released in the U.S. Emmanuel de Merode is featured. However, it's a deep dive into the history of the park and the present danger of an aggressive oil company that found oil in the park and the battle to save the park and its animals from being exploited by big oil and the inherent corruption of local officials.

http://www.netflix.c...iMovie/80009431

http://www.huffingto..._b_6117048.html

http://www.hollywood..._redirect=false

http://www.thewrap.c...g-down-big-oil/

http://deadline.com/...mentary-854203/

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 05:07 AM

Watching the documentary right now - it's really good. Sad.



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 02:48 PM

An incredible documentary!!!  A must-watch.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 01:30 AM

Netflix is not available in my country! So I Can't watch it. Is there an alternative site that I can download or watch the documentary?

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Posted 07 March 2015 - 05:04 AM

@Kitsafari  it is available only via Netflix streaming


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 07:11 AM

thanks @marg. i'll see if i can buy it online.



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 08:32 AM

A leader of a cross-party anti-corruption group of British MPs yesterday called for UK and US authorities to investigate claims that Soco International, a London-listed oil company, may have breached anti-corruption legislation in the course of its work in Africa’s oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

 

Analysis by Global Witness, based in part on undercover footage shot by the makers of the Oscar-nominated ‘Virunga’ documentary, showed that Soco and its contractors have made illicit payments, appear to have paid off armed rebels and talked dismissively about the ecosystem of Virunga National Park. Soco’s oil block overlaps with Virunga, a UNESCO World Heritage site in eastern Congo that is home to around a quarter of world’s remaining mountain gorillas

 

http://www.globalwit...ery-allegations

 

good news


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:42 AM

He is a truly remarkable and inspirational man, I've just discovered that he will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Virunga, if anyone would like to donate here is a link. 

 

London Marathon Virunga


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#14 Kitsafari

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 02:07 AM

@inyathi thanks for the link. 

 

here's a good read on his fund-raising effort in London: 

 

http://www.dailymail...an-gorilla.html


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