In Memoriam – Victim of Kinshasa Plane Crash

Monday, 4 April 2011, a plane of the UN mission to DRCongo, Monusco, crashed on landing at the Kinshasa airport, N’djili. Thirty-three people lost their lives and among them, Mendes Masudi, who was Vice Governor of Maniema Province in 2009.

Mendes Masudi vice gouverneur Maniema
Mendes Masudi, in front, arrives to give the opening speech at our first big workshop in Kindu.

As vice-governor he was our strongest ally in the provincial government. He pushed hard to get the first no-hunting season established. He wanted six months with no hunting and no bushmeat in the market. Finally a three month season became law.

It was his staunch support that gave credibility to the case for conservation of Maniema’s rich Lomami hinterland. Congo’s forests have lost an advocate. Alas.

4 Comments

  1. cleve hicks
    Posted 2011-04-06 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear this. He sounds like a wise and compassionate man.

  2. Bryna Griffin
    Posted 2011-04-06 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    My condolences. So tragic to lose a good man and a supporter of DRC’s forests and wildlife.

  3. Jo Thompson
    Posted 2011-04-06 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    A severe blow on many levels. I am so sorry.

  4. Brenton
    Posted 2011-04-08 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    My sympathy to all who knew Mr Masudi.

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