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THE HUMAN TOLL OF IVORY POACHING NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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WATCH & HEAR:

Villagers—meet the people who are profiting or suffering in the central African poaching frenzy.


Hear National Geographic photographer Brent Stirton recount their stories

Picture of Mike Kabango of the Uganda People's Defense Forces
Picture of Margaret Acino, who was attacked by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army
Picture of Michael Onen, a recent Lord's Resistance Army defector

“If you’re a member of the LRA, you don’t necessarily think that you can leave, because your crimes are your prison.”

Brent Stirton, National Geographic photographer

Picture of Caesar Achellam, former intelligence chief for the Lord's Resistance Army
Picture of widow Lucienne Lanziwa at her home in Garamba National Park

“You’re not just there to protect the land and animals, but increasingly you’re there to protect the people who live around the park.”

Picture of conservation ranger Kumboyo Onme with his son, Genekpio
Picture of Zakouma rangers seen inside the park during anti-poaching patrol
Picture of Djime Said, lone survivor of ranger massacre

“There is definite heroism in these parks in terms of what the rangers are up against, and whatever support we can offer them is the least that we can do.”

Picture of widow Alissa Mahamat, Zakouma National Park, Chad
Picture of Mahamat Zene Souleyman, on the outskirts of Am Timan
Picture of baby elephants in Zakouma National Park

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