Former Child Soldier Wins Goldman Environmental Prize; Miss Rosen; Crave


DR of Congo – Virunga National Park

Congolese park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo wins top honors for his extraordinary heroicism protecting the environment from oil companies, poachers, and rebel forces.

Former child soldier turned wildlife park ranger, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, 41, is one of the six people who has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for his work to protect the natural environment. The prize, given to one person from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions, was given to Katembo for his work protecting the majestic endangered species who populate Virunga, Africa’s oldest’s national park, from oil prospectors who are keen to gain access the pristine and untapped lands of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
At 3,000 square-miles in size, Virunga encompasses sections of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, and Rwanda.

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