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President Kabila burns elephant tusks and pangolin scales

President Joseph Kabila has highlighted the problem of poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo by setting alight a stockpile of captured elephant tusks and pangolin scales.

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The symbolic act took place at a nature park on the outskirts of the capital, Kinshasa.

A top Congolese conservationist, Cosma Wilungula, said the ceremony was aimed at deterring poachers and other criminals involved in trading illicit animal parts, adding that he had lost nearly 400 guards to violent confrontations with poachers over 20 years.

Civil unrest in DR Congo, particularly in North Kivu province, home to a major national park, has seen militia groups fighting over land and natural resources.


Cover photo: The burning of the elephant tusks and pangolin scales at the nature park on the outskirts of the capital, Kinshasa. Photo: AFP

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