In 2003, Sean Willmore was at an international rangers’ conference in Australia. In his presentation, Jobogo Mirindi, a ranger from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, showed a photograph of thirty-odd of his colleagues. Six rangers’ heads were circled in red. They were the only ones that had survived since the photograph was taken five years earlier.
Willmore set up The Thin Green Line Foundation to support rangers and their families. Between 2009 and 2016, 595 rangers were killed. “It’s absolutely a war. It’s an untold war and we’ve lost over one thousand rangers that we know of,” Willmore says in a promotional video for The Thin Green Line Foundation.