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In Honor of Virunga National Park's

Fallen Rangers



April 24, 2020: Twelve Virunga Rangers and and one driver were killed in a violent ambush on their way back to their headquarters. All of those that lost their lives leave behind families, colleagues, parents, and greiving friends. Three other rangers are seriously injured and one remains in critical condition. The names of the fallen are listed:

ABEDI IYALU Kadhafi, Ranger, aged 23 years
ANUARI BIHIRA Lumumba, Ranger, aged 27 years
BADI MUKANDAMA Djamali, Ranger, aged 27 years
FAZILI JUSTIN Junior, Ranger, aged 29 years
KAMBALE MUTSOMANI Jean-Louis, Ranger, aged 31 years
KAMBALE TEREMUKA Jules, Ranger, aged 28 years
KASOLE JANVIER Joseph, Ranger, aged 30 years
MASUMBUKO MALEKANI Ruphin, Driver, aged 40 years
MUGISHO KULONDWA Augustin, Ranger, aged 27 years
MUHINDO ISEVIHANGO Jeannot; Ranger, aged 30 years
MUHINDO KATEMBO Jacques, Ranger, aged 29 years
NDAGIJIMANA NDAHOBARI Héritier, Ranger, aged 27 years
PALUKU KALONDERO Moise, Ranger, aged 30 years

In addition to the Virunga National Park Staff, four civilians also lost their lives.

April 2, 2019: Virunga Ranger Hakizimana Sinamenye Chadrack passed away following serious injuries he sustained during a wildlife-related accident in the Park's Central Sector. He was 38 years of age and is survived by his wife, Jemima, and their three children.

March 7, 2019: Virunga Ranger Freddy Mahamba Muliro was killed during an attack on his post in the Park's Central Sector. 

November 28, 2018: Virunga Ranger Kasereka Masumbuko Ezéchiel was killed during an attack by armed militia at a Ranger Post on Lake Edward in the Park's Central Sector. He is survived by his wife, Justine, and their seven children.

April 1 - May 11, 2018: When 25-year-old Virunga Park Ranger, Rachel Masika Baraka, was killed on May 11th, 2018, she became the eighth casualty that year in a war pitting brave rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park against rebel militia groups.  Seven rangers and one staff driver, Ila Muranda, died in three separate attacks over the course of six weeks between April and May 2018.

In the last 15 years, 220 Rangers have tragically lost their lives while defending the park. The Rangers are the only force protecting the park, the wildlife, and one-fourth of the earth's endangered mountain gorillas.  Without the Rangers and Virunga's AirWing program (supported by LCA), the park and the animals would surely become the victims of poaching and habitat destruction.

LCA has taken the lead in providing critical support and equipment to Virunga since 2016, with the donation of a Cessna 206 aircraft to the AirWing fleet.  The AirWing program provides the Rangers with an "eye in the sky" and is critical for emergency support and medical evacuation. In this important capacity, the aircraft and equipment donated by LCA to the AirWing program have saved countless lives.

Right now, with your help, LCA will continue to strengthen Virunga's AirWing. The Bat Hawk has increased visibility from the cockpit, has a low operating cost, is extremely stable and easy to fly and will allow night flying to combat rebel militia and poachers.  

The lives of Virunga's rangers, and the wildlife and the mountain gorillas they protect, hang in the balance.





Bat Hawk Aircraft Needed by Virunga National Park


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