As the Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda leads an open ..
General Laurent Nkunda is the Tutsi leader of the National ..
This was Rumangabo in eastern DRC, north Kivu Province. Once it had been the headquarters of Laurent Nkunda, a Tutsi general in the Congolese army and commonly known as ‘the Chairman’. Now it was the headquarters of one of the most remarkable national parks in the world, Virunga. The oldest park in Africa, it was established in 1925 as Albert National Park and today it occupies 7,800 sq kms along the DRC’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda. It holds within it 200 of the last remaining 750 mountain gorillas, along with chimpanzees, lowland gorillas, both forest and savannah wildlife as well as highly active volcanoes. In the north of the park stretch the Ruwenzoris, the famed Mountains of the Moon and beyond that the forests that are home to the Bambuti Pygmies.
Not only has Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda …
The most bizarre experience on this trip so far has been the visit to General Laurent Nkunda. It’s hardly an everyday occurrence to go to the military camp of an actual “warlord” who is accused of raping and massacring thousands. (He prefers to be referred to as “liberator of the people”, and denies all allegations against him.) That a journalist well known for opposing him had just been assassinated in the Congo, and that General Nkunda made several references to our security, made us apprehensive during the interview and cautious in subsequent reporting.