Since the Rwandan war broke out in 1994 the state of the DRC has suffered. According to one estimate published in 2003 the war may directly and indirectly have caused the deaths of over 4 million people in DR Congo since 1996. As has become increasingly common in Africa the victims were almost all civilians. Because of the devastation left behind from the war the Congolese people have had to resort to any means to survive, some have resorted to poaching the mountain gorillas for profit. My research paper will explore the conservation of the Virunga National Park and the progress the park has accomplished thus far.
The Mining Company I work for is currently starting a major mining project in the Congo. I have many colleagues and close friends that have been asked to move to the Congo and start up the new mine. My neighbor has lived there now for about 8 months and has told me many stories of her adventures. All of these stories has peaked my interest in learning more about the Congo.
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