Ranger Patrol/photo by Robert Muir
Due to the general lack of security, 15 families (80 people including rangers, their wives and their children) have had to evacuate. As of yesterday afternoon (10 December 2006), they have all taken refuge at Rumangabo but are without food, clothes or shelter. Thanks to a kind donation from the International Primate Protection League, Muir has been able to purchase rations and cooking pots to feed these families for the next week, but more funds are desperately needed to help pay for medical costs, purchase clothes and build temporary shelters to accommodate the families. Depending on how long they need to remain at Rumangabo, Muir may also need to purchase more food.
Financial aid is needed so that Muir can support these brave rangers and their families during this crucial time.
Although it incurs a cost, the quickest way to get funds to the field is through a direct Western Union transfer to Goma which would allow Muir to purchase the necessary food, clothes and equipment as well as cover medical expenses.
Muir's credentials are impeccable and any donations will go directly to help these brave rangers who have been protecting the mountain gorillas in the Virungas.