Friday, July 04, 2008

Brent Stirton on Gorillas, Guerillas and Congo Conflict

Brent Stirton provides an in depth interview on NPR's Fresh Air. Below are some highlights and salient points from his interview regarding the conflict in the Congo.

--No conservation authority has been operating in this sector
--Stirton notes that "General Nkunda is all about the appropriation of land." Only through support from Rwanda is Nkunda able to be in the Virunga National Park.
--Just over 700 surviving mountain gorillas in the world today
--In order to resolve the conflict that threatens the Gorillas, certain guarantees need to be made by the Rwandan government
--US State Department can put proper pressure on the Rwandan government to resolve the conflict in the Congo through dialogue

Listen to entire interview with Brent Stirton on Fresh Air

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by Georgianne Nienaber and Keith Harmon Snow


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