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Young mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park. The park is known for its population of the endangered species. (Photo/ Flickr/ Radio Okapi).

Why Fighting Fire With Fire In DRC’s Virunga Park Isn’t Helping Conservation

A plethora of armed groups operates in and around the Virunga National Park. The dominant storyline is that the park contributes to peace building. But the reality on the ground is much more complex


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Until 1975, the country we now call Benin was known as the Republic of Dahomey. (Photo/ Footysphere)

What A Name Change Has To Do With National Identity, Even Democracy And Dictatorship

The country with the most name changes what we now call the Democratic Republic of the Congo; it is (probably) not a coincidence that the nation has suffered decades of dictatorship, war, plunder and pillage