The two Spanish journalists killed in Burkina Faso worked with the support of the non-governmental organization Wildlife Angel, which is dedicated to combating poaching that also endangers human lives.
Wildlife Angels is a French non-governmental organization. It mainly involves training local rangers who can deal with poachers in an area on the battlefield.
Wildlife Angel is mainly used to protect African animals. One of its projects is developed in the protected park Pama in southeastern Burkina Faso, which borders Benin and has the most biodiversity in the west. One of the regions. From Africa.
This is also an area rich in gold. The gold rush in the Sahel also provided great opportunities for jihadists. Armed groups have used gold mines discovered in countries such as Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to increase their influence in the region.
The Spanish journalists were part of a group of NGO park rangers. At this time, it was Pama who was kidnapped and later killed.
The Wildlife Angels organization has secured a team of 24 park rangers in the Pama area, where the situation is the most tense. There are thousands of illegal camps of gold miners threatening the animals in the area.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, and its population continues to die of hunger, thirst and malaria
Wildlife angels fight with forest rangers on the front line to combat poaching that destroys wildlife populations (elephant, rhino, cat, pangolin, monkey, etc.).
Although rhino and elephant poaching often makes headlines, it is the tree that hides the forest. Following changes in land use for agriculture, urbanization, and logging, overexploitation of wildlife is now the second most important cause of extinction.
The NGO has repeatedly condemned the powerful Mafia for participating in poaching activities. Poachers are sometimes fully armed and shoot at forest guards without hesitation.
Forest rangers are not adequately equipped, often not properly trained to deal with this threat, and risk their lives every day to protect their country’s natural heritage. Wild Angel currently has 10 operations in progress, usually in high-risk areas.
In recent weeks, two Spanish journalists have recorded reports about the area and poaching activities there. His death caused another wound on a piece of ruined land.