The Garamba Park Rangers


In the week after our March for Elephants and Rhinos in Vancouver, there was a terrible incident in the Garamba Park in the Congo.  Park Rangers who were tracking the collar of an elephant were ambushed by members of the Lords Resistance Army. The helicopter that brought them into the area, returned and dropped a sling, rescuing most of the rangers, before its rotor was destroyed by bullet fire. Sadly, four men were left behind and were killed.  They are survived by their wives and fourteen children.


After paying expenses, our group, Elephanatics, had raised a small amount of money from our efforts during our march - the selling of T shirts, umbrellas and cards and from many donations.  At a recent meeting, Dr. Jake Wall, one of our founding members, suggested that we consider making a contribution to the families of the four Garamba Rangers who died.  We were all pleased to take this initiative and with Jake's help, a connection was made with the Garamba Park.  In addition, we are building up that fund through GoFundMe Garamba Rangers.  Our hope is that the money we can send to these people in the Congo will demonstrate our concern for them and their loved ones who are putting their lives on the line to protect the elephants.  Hopefully this will also be a message of encouragement for those rangers who may feel they have been forgotten by the rest of the world. You can find out more aboaut this at yourevolution.ubc.ca/Garamba Rangers Fund
If you can, please find the Garamba Rangers on GoFundMe and make a donation that can bring a message of comfort and warmth to these families.
https://www.gofundme.com/garamba-rangers




 


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