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On the road through Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda


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At a Coltan mine in Kalehe, near Kahuzi Biega


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Add both children's ages together and they'd still be underage


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"They can't afford to go to school," said the head man of the town


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DFGF's Vince Smith and Stanley Johnson, who has recently joined the Board


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The Fund's efforts through the Durban Process to tackle illegal mining...


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Even on market day, local miners sell tourmaline


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.has the support of the head man of the region


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They return after 3 hours trekking and more than an hour with the gorillas


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The trek took no longer than 4 hours


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They make a brief stop at the Pygmy Ladies Sewing Project.


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With support from DFGF and Pole Pole Foundation, this project is thriving


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Stanley also visited the Olive plant in Bukavu.


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Through this plant, most of the coltan mined in the region passes.


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At Bukavu airport, some girls ham it up for the camera


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But also show their sweeter side.


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DFGF director Greg Cummings meets WCS senior conservationist, John Hart


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Gorilla! Gorilla! Gorilla! - they talk of nothing else for 3 days...


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Stanley refreshes with a dip in Lake Kivu


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Careful to avoid the gasses the lake emits


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For a moment we wonder if he is swimming to Rwanda


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Soon Stanley is back in the forest, this time trekking mountain gorillas


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Stanley interviews the rangers to learn about the hardships they must endure.


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This ranger was almost killed in an ambush in 1996.


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A moment's respite in 6 hours of trekking


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But they still found nothing. It may be insecurity or a particularly dry season.


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Nonetheless, the mountain gorillas are the life-blood of the region...


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...brining tourism dollars which in turn give these children a brighter future.


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Daily Telegraph photographer Andrew Crowley


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Stanley talks to the ranger who will guide him to meet Eastern lowland gorillas


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On the path to the park


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It's all up hill from here


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Andrew thinks its a walk in the park


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They reach Chiminuka's group at the top of a steep ridge


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Stanley's first encounter with the greatest of the great apes


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The primary forest of Kahuzi Biega is thick and impenetrable


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Chiminuka's not particularly sociable on that day


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mainly because he is in such deep thicket it is difficult for him to see us