Animal Park -The dark side of Congo's ecology efforts (Agenda 21 at Work)Submitted by sharpsteve on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 10:22
A multi-million Euro international fund is supporting Congo's Virunga National Park. But the money is being spent on rape, murder and forced relocation.
"The rangers cut my husband's head off and carried his decapitated body through the village", remembers an elderly widow. Her husband died trying to oppose the park's policies. In the name of protecting the pristine nature reserve, the village of Moramba has been burned down, while the local population is being forcibly relocated and forbidden from cultivating the land, taking away their livelihoods. The chief warden of the park argues that "the local population doesn't understand the importance of safeguarding nature." But as another widow aptly questions, "how can you safeguard nature by killing people?"