Three Rangers killed defending Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park deeply regrets to announce the death of three park Rangers, Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini, following an attack on their position in the northern sector of the park by Mai-Mai militia in the early hours of Monday 14 August 2017. One more Ranger is currently missing in action. The incident occurred during a routine patrol, and tourism activities within the park remain unaffected.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the families and widows of Rangers Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini. Ranger Charles leaves behind his wife and eight children; Ranger Jonas leaves behind his wife and five children, and Ranger Pacifique leaves behind a wife and four children.

Funeral of 3 Virunga Rangers

This incident brings the total number of Rangers killed in the line of duty to eight in 2017. Over 160 Rangers have sacrificed their lives protecting Virunga National Park in the last 20 years.

To support the families of Rangers Charles, Jonas and Pacifique, and all of our Rangers, donations can be made to Virunga National Park’s Fallen Rangers Fund.

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