DR Congo: Fighting wanes in Virunga NP, but threats of oil drilling still loom
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo – Just a few weeks ago, rangers and militiamen were engaging in gunfights in Africa's oldest national park. Cannons boomed as Congolese army troops shelled rebels.
That fighting in Virunga National Park, where virtually every rebellion in eastern Congo in the past 30 years has started, died down in August but the park still is facing threats from a new rebel group and from a controversial decision to open it to oil exploration.
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