In the middle of rebel militia advances toward Rumangabo, exactly where the Virunga National Park head office is situated, the park has cleared out the majority of the rangers as well as their families so as to keep them away from danger.
On 8th July, 2012, almost 800 people (rangers as well as their families) were cleared out from the Virunga National Park head offices at Rumangabo and transferred to Goma town, roughly 40 kilometers towards the south. Roughly thirty rangers as well as Emmanuel de Merode the warden of Virunga National Park remained behind to safeguard the headquarters of the park as well as the 4 orphaned growing mountain gorillas found at Senkwekwe Center.
on 9th July, Emmanuel de Merode clearly wrote on the website of the park that the evacuations entirely all the staff into the displacement camp found in Goma was conducted very successfully with every person within Rumangabo as well as in Goma doing an exceptional job . He added that the amenities within the brand-new camp are extremely tough, with every person surviving in terribly small conditions beneath tarpaulins; however they have security, food as well as drinking water.
Every family was offered with food, a tarp, water, mattress, cooking stove, pans, chardust-ball charcoal and soap. The tarps were turned into tents within the 2nd day of this evacuation.
Currently, as the M23 rebels have taken over the military barracks found in Rumangabo, they’ve left the headquarters of the park alone. Even though the situation continues to be volatile, the cleared out rangers along with their families will continue to be in Goma.
This is simply not the very first time that the headquarters of the Virunga National Park have actually been evacuated. Back in 2008, advances by the CNDP rebel group placed the rangers along with families within the short-term camp close to Goma for several weeks. it remains anonymous this time around, nobody knows for sure just how long it will require prior to Rumangabo is once again secure enough to allow them to go back home.
IGCP is jointly working with our partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, World Wide Fund for Nature as well as the Fauna and Flora International, to arrange crisis resources for the homeless rangers along with their families as well as for Virunga National Park or ICCN.