Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler writes about getting stranded in a remote part of Suriname.While he’s there, Rhett suffers an eye injury that makes for a harrowing few days.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. Suriname is a country few people have heard of, let alone visited. Located in the northeast corner of South America, Suriname is almost completely covered in rainforest. It has the distinction of having the highest forest cover — 95 percent — of any country. It is also one of a handful of countries where the official language is Dutch (Suriname was a Dutch colony until 1975). My reason for visiting Suriname was to attend a science conference. But beyond that, a friend of mine works with the Trio, an Amerindian group that lives in the remote Suriname-Brazil border area, to develop programs to protect their forest home from illegal gold miners and encroachment, improve village health, and strengthen cultural ties between indigenous youths and elders at a time when such cultures are disappearing even faster than the rainforests. After the conference I would visit Kwamalasamutu, a village that serves as the hub for the Trio in Suriname.