Photographer's Note

Kiavinyonge is one of the three fishing villages within the Virunga National Park.
There was virtually no human population except for some Batwa pygmy hunters when the Park was created, but a population explosion occurred in the late 1950s. Because of its fertility and cool, malaria-free climate, Kivu is now the most densely populated province in the country, with over 300 inhabitants per (Biswas et al.,1996). Local tribes such as the Banande who live in the foothills of the Rwenzori settled on the Park borders. Some 60% of the Park’s boundaries are now densely populated. Small administrative posts and villages of the past have become large towns and are sometimes populated by outsiders, for example, the Bakiga from Uganda who poach but have never officially occupied Park territory (Verschuren,1988). Within the Park are three fishing villages, Kiavinyonge,Nyakakoma and Vitshumbi, where a population of 20,000 grew to 35,000 from 1988 to 1993. During and after the wars, 600,000 Rwandan refugees were housed in camps in or bordering the Park (Biswas et al., 1996). The country-wide civil war has also led to a continuous massacring of the people, hundreds of thousands of refugees, lack of employment and extreme poverty, which have all contributed to the Park’s destruction.

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Camera: CANON A1

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  • Copyright: Mirari Mirarer (mirarer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 0 N: 603] (4751)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1989-07-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 14:11
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