The population of elephants in Garamba National Park in northeast Congo has dropped from 20,000 to just over 2,000 since 1960. The Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, led by Joseph Kony, hunts African elephants in the park to fund the killings and mass atrocities it commits throughout central Africa.
The LRA has catalyzed the poaching problem in Garamba since expanding its operations outside of the borders of Uganda in 2005. As described in the Enough Project report, "Kony's Ivory: How Elephant Poaching in Congo Supports the LRA", the LRA and other rebel militias continue to hunt the African elephants andtrade the ivory for arms, ammunition, and food. Some of the bounty is also sent north, out of the park, to the Central African Republic and South Sudan border where Kony and his closest ... [view whole blog post ]