WWF mourns forest ranger murdered by poaching gang
A forest ranger has been killed and another seriously injured in a violent clash with gorilla poachers outside a national park in Cameroon, WWF has learned.
The attack occurred on September 27 about 10 kilometres from Cameroon’s border with Central African Republic.
David Greer, WWF’s African Great Ape Coordinator:
This brutal attack was a deliberate attempt to intimidate the government. Poaching gangs are waging a war for Cameroon’s forests and sending a message that they do not respect the law.
Rangers are putting on a uniform every day to protect their wildlife, their forests and ultimately, the wellbeing of their communities from individuals who seek only to commit criminal acts such as trafficking protected species.
These brave men are going into battle underequipped and often without proper training. Law enforcement efforts at all levels need to be dramatically scaled up, especially in the typically weak judicial systems.
That is where a criminal deterrent can be established that will not only save Africa’s dwindling wildlife, but will also protect its people from lawless violence such as this.
Achille, who leaves behind five children, is the first ranger to lose his life in the line of duty in this area in recent years. His killers are being pursued by authorities from both Cameroon and Central African Republic.
What part of Africa is that dance from?
So my friend’s Aunt is in town from Cameroon. She’s been on an exercise regimen for the last few months, and doesn’t feel she should stop because she’s in the US for 2 weeks. So he took her to a gym and she saw they were offering African dance class and she was interested. She got into it with the gym staff and trainer. I’m paraphrasing what my friend told me was said.
Aunt - What kind of African dance do you have?
Gym staff - Oh we have different levels of African dance. Are you a beginner?
Aunt - I don’t mean different levels of dancing skills. You say it’s African dance. What kind of dance? I’m from Douala, Cameroon. Where is your dance from?
Gym staff - It’s from Africa.
Aunt - But where in Africa?
Gym staff - Let me get the trainer. She should be able to assist you.
Aunt - Ok.
Trainer - Hello. How may I help you?
Aunt - Hello, I am inquiring about your African dance. What kind of African dance are you offering?
Trainer - We have different levels of African dance. Is this your first time?
Aunt - Is this my first time dancing as an African?
Trainer - I meant is this your first time taking an African dance class.
Aunt - Why aren’t you people telling me where in Africa your dance is from? I’m sure they don’t dance like where I’m from in many other African countries. Is there a dance class for Europe and Asia?
Trainer - It’s most likely a hybrid of African dances. It’s really a terrific workout!
Aunt - You’re most likely offering hybrid African dances?
Trainer - It’s a wonderful way to get in shape. Should I sign you up?
Aunt - You don’t know where this dance you are teaching is from do you? How do you know it’s even African? I’m not going to pay you to instruct me on African dance if you don’t know where in Africa it’s from. I want to know before I spend my money.
My friend said his Aunt walked out after that. I asked him why he didn’t say anything the entire time, and he said it looked like his Aunt had a handle on things and he was too busy trying to hold his laughter in. Aunties don’t play.