BUSHMEAT 6: This Little Monkey Went to Market

DR Congo has been wracked by war since 1996.
Nursery rhymes are for wars and plagues. Here is my nursery rhyme for Congo:

This little monkey went to market,
This little boy went to war,
This little boy has an A.K.,
This little elephant lives no more,
And this whole forest is silent, ka-boom, boom, boom, forever more.

hunters between Kahodi and Kindu
On “its” way from the hunt.

Along the Kahodi-Kindu road
Homemade caliber 12 used to hunt “it”.

Kaudi-Kindu_to market
On “its” way to the maket.

Here is a key question:  in war-torn Congo, has war increased bushmeat hunting?
Alas, Yes.
Here’s why:
Loss of domestic animals due to pillaging,
Loss of income due to economic collapse.
So:
The demand exists – the hunters exist – and animals, ever rarer, can still be found.

I dedicate my nursery rhyme, above, to General Nkunda and all the many warlords that preceded him.

4 Comments

  1. Petie
    Posted 2008-11-22 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s very sad Terry–the world is changing..take care. P

  2. Terese Hart
    Posted 2008-11-22 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Yes, it is very sad, very. But we are not totally pessimistic. It is possible to make a difference. They are in Virunga, we can in TL2. I am certain.

  3. Posted 2008-12-17 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    One is left to wonder how the govt. of the Congo as corrupt as they are allow the killing of bush animals that carry diseases. It only hurts the whole culture of that country. It is the governments that are responsible for their own downfall, and yet the people are starving for food.

  4. Terese Hart
    Posted 2008-12-17 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    At a regional level, i.e. at the Ministry of the Environment in the Province of Maniema (a province is like a State in the USA), they are eager to work to control bushmeat hunting. But they are so poorly equipped, everything we do is starting from scratch. The Minister does not even have a computer, there is of course no printer or even small library associated with the Ministry. When we are talking about publicizing and overseeing the enforcement of hunting laws…it means finding some operations budget and even pay for the environmental agents in the territories (like counties) and collectivites (smaller divisions). This country is so far from what we would call functional ….. and yet I believe that we can make a successful project in the TL2 area — because the government collaboration is basically very good….just NOT effective until made effective.

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