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Emmanuel de Merode and Virunga National Park

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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.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/06/a-belgian-prince-gorillas-guerrillas-the-future-of-the-congo.html

 

 

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wonderful article @@Paolo - both inspiring and alarming

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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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one of the most amazing conservationist without any doubt

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

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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.huffingto..._b_6117048.html

 

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

 

http://www.thewrap.com/virunga-is-netflix-documentary-gem-how-filmmakers-are-trying-to-bring-down-big-oil/

 

http://deadline.com/2014/10/netflix-leonardo-dicaprio-virunga-africa-documentary-854203/

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

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An incredible documentary!!! A must-watch.

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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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@@Kitsafari it is available only via Netflix streaming

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

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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.globalwitness.org/library/uk-lawmaker-calls-investigation-london-listed-oil-company-over-bribery-allegations

 

good news

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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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