Emmanuel de Merode has returned to Virunga National Park. He began in Goma with a visit to the Governor of North Kivu, Julien Paluku, and his cabinet. He also visited the state prosecutor handling the inquiry into his attack last month.
He then left for the park headquarters at Rumangabo and was greeted by the rangers and their families. “The work we have begun together is very important to us all” Emmanuel told those in attendance. “No matter what happens, our work must not stop. I want to assure you of my commitment to continue this work, and thank you for the courage and discipline that you have shown in these difficult times.”
Emmanuel then flew to each of the major ranger positions in the park. The rangers wives gave him a goat and a chicken as a gift.