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Zimbabwe: Akashinga to counter poaching
Source: International Anti Poaching Foundation

To fight the poaching in Zimbabwe, where previously a population of eight thousand (8,000) elephants had been decimated (nearly half of the elephants population in this region), an elite unit was formed to track gravediggers of elephants and rhinos. Named Akashinga or brave women, this unit is an initiative of the International Anti-poaching Foundation. The unit only trains women, grouped in the Zambezi Valley to protect wildlife. It’s an unit that brings together women with diverse backgrounds. In addition to their origins in deprived areas and villages affected by poaching, these women, aged between 19 and 31, are for the most part single mothers, widows or orphans. Others among them are wives of imprisoned poachers, women beaten by their companions, victims of domestic violence, and so on. According to observers, a few months after the creation of the Akashinga unit, results have already been achieved. Animals that had poached and started to flee the area began to return gradually. Moreover, in less than a year of activity, these women rangers arrested 91 poachers. A result that presages a better future for wildlife in this part of the continent. It should be noted that Zimbabwe is a country renowned for the richness and diversity of its wildlife. However, this wealth is strongly threatened by poaching, a cross-border practice that plagues all the African continent.

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