Update: Missing gorilla rangers return safely in Congo, one dies of cholera in camp
Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com
November 6, 2008
The rangers fled to different destinations, some of them walking up to five days without food, water, or shelter. Though a few have yet to return, all of them have been accounted for through cell phones or sightings.
Due to the unrest in the area, a refugee camp was set up in the town of Goma. Many of the rangers have returned to Goma and their families. Cholera has swept the camp, however, and one ranger has died in the hospital from the disease.
Map courtesy of the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN).
Thousands of civilians have fled from the fighting in the DRC and the humanitarian crisis has worsened due to lack of food and clean water. A ceasefire between the DRC and the rebels, which was negotiated after the rebels took control of Goma, appeared to be in trouble today as skirmishes broke-out in the region.
Virunga National Park official website
Earlier article: 39 rangers missing in Virunga Park after headquarters overtaken by rebels