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Democratic Republic of Congo Bijoux Zawadi, 29, serves as a park warden defending the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park from armed poachers. This park, like other protected areas in the nation, is managed by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature. “When I hold my AK-47 in my hands, I become more confident and feel great,” she says. “I value my AK-47 like a farmer treasures his ax, and I cannot detach myself from it.”

Esther Nsapu, GPJ DRC