National Geographic : 1995 Oct
Marching across the front lines of an ecological disaster, Rwandan refugees carry loads of firewood through the denuded fringes of Virunga National Park in Zaire. Refugees have stripped thousands of acres of rain forest within sight of mountain gorilla habitat-a crisis that pits the desperation of humans against the well-being of the endangered apes. "Trees used to block the views everywhere," says a Zairean forest ranger. "Now I see hills I didn't even know existed."