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9. There’s A Dark Past


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For all of its beauty, Virunga has a dark past. It was founded primarily to protect the mountain gorillas living in the forests of the Virunga Massif. In 1994, the Rwandan genocide unleashed a flood of more than one million refugees who placed tremendous pressure on the park’s forests and wildlife.

Click the next slide to discover what the park’s darkest hour was.