2016 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Ivory Wars


Brent Stirton

National Geographic

26 November, 2014

Ugandan soldiers cross a river while on patrol against the Lord’s Resistance Army close to the border of the DRC. They are on the tracks of an Lord’s Resistance Army contingent which has come from the Garamba National Park in the DRC, where they were poaching elephant.

The trade in poached ivory is financing rebel armed militia across Africa, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army, Seleka rebels of the Central African Republic (CAR), the Janjaweed of Sudan, and the FDLR in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Various national armies actively trade with these groups, and centuries-old Sudanese poaching cartels participate in sending large bands of armed men across borders to kill elephants. Patrols of dedicated rangers around the continent are on the frontline of attempts to thwart the trade.

About the photographer

Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a special correspondent for Getty Images, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine as well as other international titles.  He speci...

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