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Memorial service marks one year since ranger's murder
20 January 2010

Gorilla Organization staff in DR Congo joined the family and friends of murdered ranger Safari Kakule at a special memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of his death.

Safari had worked on the Gorilla Organization project at Mount Tshiaberimu for more than three years when he and a group of other rangers were attacked at Nyama Patrol Post by rebel militia and Safari was shot dead.

Mount Tshiaberimu workers joined his widow and his three orphaned children at a special ceremony in Musienne village at the family graveyard where Safari is buried.

This was followed by a mass in Burusi attended by scores of local villagers, which was presided over by a priest from Kyondo Parish. Prayers were also said in memory of a WWF volunteer, Nicolas Vighanzire, who was murdered at Mount Tshiaberimu in 2007.

Safari memmorial

Villagers gather to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of ranger Safari Kukule

 

Rangers at Mount Tshiaberimu are continuing to risk their lives every day to protect the forest and the gorlllas. To support them, you can purchase a ranger pack which includes waterproofs, a torch and food rations.

 

for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123
david@gorillas.org
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