Renewed conflict in Virunga National Park

2 September 2008 General News

Renewed conflict is being reported between rebel forces and the army on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Virunga Volcanoes Range is home to more than half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. Bruce Liggitt, FFI's Africa Programme Coordinator said: "This latest news of escalating conflict is deeply disturbing. It will no doubt affect both the gorillas and the people living in the area and we hope for a return to normality as soon as possible."

FFI, together with the World Wide Fund for Nature and the African Wildlife Foundation, is a founding member of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, which strives to conserve the world's remaining 720 mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC.

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