Help Stop Slash and Burn Farming in the Congo

Sep 24, 2012

Despite Crisis ICCN Continues to Control Illegal Settlement and Intrusion into Forest Zone

Supplies for Pygmies
Supplies for Pygmies

The Okapi Conservation Project is not immune to the global pressures of an increased demand for ivory, gold and bushmeat.  Three months ago armed rebels attacked the ICCN headquarters in the village of Epulu, killing rangers, and looting and burning ICCN and OCP buildings, and terrorizing residents.  Many people fled the town and have been unable to return to their gardens and homes while the area remains unsecured.

This attack on the ranger station and the OCP compound was a direct retaliation for recent anti-poaching efforts by the ICCN guards in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.  The Okapi Conservation Project continues to support the ICCN rangers in their front line struggle to protect the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.  We are presently assisting those families in Epulu most affected by this tragic event, with food and medical needs, and we also continue to support other communities around the Reserve with agro-forestry education, among our other community programs.  ICCN also continues to control illegal settlement and intrusion into forest zone by farmers inside the Reserve. 

We will have more information on the unfolding situation from our Project Leaders next month.  We are grateful for the tremendous support that has poured in from around the world over these past many weeks.   For up-to-date information on the Okapi Conservation Project, please visit our website at

Supplies Handed out at Burned ICCN Headquarters
Supplies Handed out at Burned ICCN Headquarters
New Backpacks for Guards
New Backpacks for Guards



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John Lukas

Jacksonville, Florida United States

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