The photos are heart breaking and enrages me to feel helpless.
I saw this photo in an email and couldn't believe my eyes.
Saturday, June 28, 2008 :: infoZine Staff
By Will Skowronski – It all began with a photograph: a dead, 500-pound silverback gorilla named Senkwekwe tied to a bed of wooden poles being carefully carried through a field on the shoulders of 15 mourning, African men.
Chris Johns, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, first saw the photograph in Newsweek magazine while he was in Cape Town, South Africa, in August.
"I look at it, and I see the tragedy of the death of a magnificent silverback and the tenderness, the care and the passion that these people we see in the photograph have as they deliver this animal from the murder site to burial," Johns said. "This is the kind of photograph that speaks to the core of National Geographic."
Johns contacted the photographer, Brent Stirton, and teamed him up with writer Mark Jenkins and a video crew to find out why Senkwekwe and six other mountain gorillas were shot to death within two months in the Virunga Mountains of Central Africa. Poachers, the usual culprits, were ruled out because the gorillas still had their hands and heads, valuable goods on the black market.
What unfolded was an all-too-common theme in parts of Africa: starvation, ethnic strife, corruption and revenge.
A documentary of the investigation premiers Tuesday July 1st at 10 p.m., EDT and PDT, on the National Geographic channel. Jenkins and Stirton's work appeared in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine and can be seen online.
The show opens with aerial scenes of what appear to be tranquil, forested mountains. But foreboding thunder warns of the tragic story that will be told.
The Virunga region, on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, is home to the roughly 720 remaining mountain gorillas, Jenkins said. About 200 of those live in Virunga National Park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Senkwekwe and part of his family were killed.
More can be read about this horrid situation from the site of Nat. Geo. which was featured
in the July issue of Nat Geo
Please take the time to watch this program which will stir our hearts and with hope
give answers to my question… WHY?
with love and prayers
" MAGIC FORESTS"