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The battle for oil in Africa's oldest national park

Struggle for oil exploration pits economic development against environmental preservation

Congolese soldier washing up at an outpost in the Virunga National Park. With an unprecedented surge of oil activity in this region, environmentalists vowed to 'draw the line' here in Virunga, Africa's oldest national park and a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

THE trouble started when a British company suddenly appeared in this iconic and spectacularly beautiful national park, prospecting for oil.

Villagers who opposed the project were beaten up by government soldiers. A park warden,