10 Most Dangerous Jobs In Africa

Written by Kevin Mwanza

A ranger in Virunga National Park

It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. And one of the most tragic. It is that corner of Africa where Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo come together. Straddling it is Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest (established in 1925) and one of our continent’s most important protected areas. Virunga is under constant siege – 12 different militias operate in the area. They compete with each other for the easy cash that can be made from the park’s natural resources: Lake Edward for fish, elephants for ivory, baby gorillas for bush meat, the forests for charcoal – especially the old-growth hardwoods from the Afromontane and Afro-Alpine forests. This is one of Africa’s treasure troves and, hence, one of its most toxic, and intoxicating, killing fields.