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Paradise Stripped by Overcrowding and Violence

The Albertine Rift in Africa is home to some of the most fertile land in the world. According to National Geographic, the region is blessed with fertile volcanic soil, deep lakes, plentiful rainfall and high altitude. It is also one of the most biodiverse regions on the African continent, home to gorillas, okapis, lions, hippos, elephants and dozens of rare bird and fish species.

The vast richness of this 920-mile-long land is unfortunately, at risk of being completely stripped away due to over population, violence (between humans and against animals) and political instability.

According to National Geographic journalist, Robert Draper, who visited the region,

"For the impoverished residents of the region, overcrowding has spawned an anxiety so primal and omnipresent that one hears the same plea over and over again:

We want land!”

For more on the instability occurring in the Albertine Rift, read the full article from National Geographic.

Image by citizenof1world


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