November 20, 2012
Goma Under Rebel Group Control
We remain in close contact several times a day with our staff in DR Congo, as the security situation there continues to evolve. Although the political/military status in Goma, DR Congo, has changed as of today and a rebel group occupies the city, our Congolese staff there remain safe and in their homes, preferring not to evacuate. Our Goma office remains closed for the time being. Our head staff reports that the fighting there calmed down this afternoon.
Our gorilla protection, research and community programs in other areas of DR Congo continue and are unaffected by the current situation in Goma, carried out by our Congolese field staff.