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Great Story! Village Scouts Deter Poachers in Zambia

THE LADY WITH THE GUN ... Memory Shakoi of a community anti-poaching unit of the Zambian village of Imosho bordering Namibia.

 

MEMORY Shakoi has an engaging smile. Dressed in a colourful chitenge, the simple cloth wrap that women wear for a skirt in Zambia, she seems like any other young lady in the village. Dressed in trousers, and with a rifle, she's a different proposition.

 

Memory is a village scout in Imosho district, just a few kilometres across the border from Namibia. There is little to separate the two countries at the border - there's no river, just a line on the map. On both sides there are trees, elephants and poachers.

 

As a village scout Memory is on the lookout for the tracks poachers leave, for snares, and sometimes for dead elephants. Imosho is sparsely populated. The villages are within the borders of Sioma Ngwezi National Park, which was created around them. There are a few sandy tracks connecting the settlements, and one of them leads to the Namibian border.

 

Rumours travel faster then vehicles here, and acting on a tip off Memory set up a road block, waiting for a car. When it arrived, there were three men inside and a haul of elephant tusks. The poachers were taken by surprise by the two young ladies, who called Zawa, the Zambian Wildlife Authority, which arrived to arrest the poachers.

 

Times are changing in Imosho.
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