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剛果部族衝突再起 山地大猩猩面臨絕種危機

2007年10月11日
摘譯自2007年10月8日ENS剛果,戈馬報導;謝芳怡編譯;蔡麗伶審校

維拉剛國家公園的大猩猩。圖片來源:WildlifeDirect剛果叛軍和剛果共和國政府之間停戰僅僅1個月又再度宣告失敗,讓世界上部分僅存的山地大猩猩倉促遷移,以避開兩方交戰的戰火。

維拉剛國家公園內部分山地大猩猩棲息地,上週末遭到效忠努昆達的剛果叛軍佔據,如同2007年9月的情況一樣,國家公園管理員必須再次撤離這些大猩猩,以保護牠們的生命。

管理員已開始針對這些大猩猩進行監控和追蹤,但之前曾追蹤過的18隻大猩猩又再次處於不受保護和監控的狀態。

18個家族族群中,約有70隻大猩猩已習慣和人類接觸,其目的是讓遊客能體驗和大猩猩接觸的經驗,進而讓當地社區從旅遊收益中獲利。此次衝突發生在距戈馬約20公里處,該城人口約16萬,位於剛果共和國東部、基烏湖北岸。

Mountain Gorillas Jeopardized by Renewed Congo Fighting
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 8, 2007 (ENS)

The fragile month-long truce between rebels and DR Congo government forces has broken down again, leaving some of the world's last mountain gorillas scrambling to get out of the cross-fire.

On Friday and Saturday, rebel forces faithful to General Laurent Nkunda seized an area in Virunga National Park inhabited by the mountain gorillas, forcing wildlife rangers to flee for their lives again as they did in September.

The rangers had been monitoring and tracking the gorillas for their protection. Now the 18 gorillas that were being tracked are once again unprotected and unmonitored.

About 70 of these gorillas in 18 family groups have been habituated to human contact to allow visitors to enjoy a gorilla experience and local communities to benefit from tourism revenue. The conflict is taking place about 20 of kilometers (12 miles) from Goma, a city of 160,000 people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the northern shore of Lake Kivu.

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蔡麗伶(LiLing Barricman)

In my healing journey and learning to attain the breath awareness, I become aware of the reality that all the creatures of the world are breathing the same breath. Take action, here and now. From my physical being to the every corner of this out of balance's planet.