Emmanuel de Merode
"It is the only responsible decision that we can make under the current circumstances," the park's warden said.
"It is unacceptable that Virunga’s rangers continue to pay the highest price in defense of our common heritage."
Mélanie Gouby discusses her professional involvement with the Virunga project as well as her emotional attachment to the region she got to know so well.
This is a very good film that could have been a great film if the producers could have taken some more risks. Having navigated this part of Virunga in 2007, 2008 and 2009, I can say that taking risks is easier said then done. If the government does not approve of your footage, it is confiscated.
"We stay with them when there's fighting, when there's a lot of gunfire or artillery fire. And they don't move... With the mountain gorillas in the forest, it's almost certainly the same thing -- they get on with their lives, but they don't move away from the fighting."
Intense fighting between rebel factions and the Congolese army spread to Virunga Park this week, threatening a critical UNESCO world heritage site and the endangered mountain gorillas.
Friends and officials in Goma are reporting that the Nyamulagira volcano is still erupting and that the water supplies and air are contaminated with soot.