Years of past warfare in the Angolan highlands have left the region littered with landmines. While the land remains sparsely populated, the local communities have few resources and look to bushmeat hunting for both food and income. As landmines are decommissioned and roads open up, the potential for increased hunting and unregulated development skyrockets. Today, human-set fires along the river—set to drive game out of hiding—represent one of the greatest threats to the Cuito.
What's at Stake
Globe by Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable;
Photographs by Cory Richards (elephants and spotted dog); Chris Boyes (“Water”), GÖTZ NEEF (“Biodiversity”), Kostadin Luchansky (“Community”).