Author Archives: Terese Hart

Death of a Great Conservationist

Lomami National Park would not exist without local champions. The most pivotal – one who both led and reprimanded – even foreign conservationists (us),– was the chief, Mama Jeanne Ulimwengu. For nine years she was the supreme leader of the Bangengele. She was buried last Sunday. There is contention over who shall replace her. She […]

First for Lomami, First for DR Congo

The Lomami National Park has a new head warden: The first woman head warden ever for DR Congo. Welcome, Chantal Shalukoma. The new Head Warden, Chantal, standing on the Loidjo Bridge. The Loidjo river is the eastern border of the park through most of Maniema Province. She was barely a month in her office and […]

What Happened in August? part 2.

These Mituku children are the real losers. Boys are forced into Maimai gangs, schools close and villages empty. This last July, the attack at Mayunga, in the eastern buffer zone, should have been the beginning of the end for the criminal Thoms Mesandu and all the worst of his gang: Mopao, Portugais, Machine, Reddi…  But then […]

What Happened in August? part 1.

August 2018 had its good side. It was all about capacity building, camaraderie and resetting our compasses. Seven of us left Kindu and headed towards Nairobi. But first we spent a week in intense concentration on our porch in Kindu analyzing data, putting together talks. This is not work on the porch but the step […]