Today Another Ranger Died

Moonlight ranger patrol_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographerBlackness, emptiness, death and sadness
Today another ranger died
What made this different, was this was someone I used to know
We were young then, filled with determination and laughter
Eager for life

When will this killing end?
Brought on by greed, corruption and slaughter
All for horn and ivory that belongs to their bearers
When will the world fully realize this tragedy?

A thousand rangers have died before you
But you are not just another number when the bells toll
Wife left behind, children without a father
Tears shed, hearts wrenched apart
The ultimate sacrifice paid for conservation
Once a light of life, now just a ghost and a memory

Now you are someone else that I used know
The list of heroes growing ever longer, ever more sorrowful
No twenty-one-gun salute is enough for you
Hamba khale Numzane!
Sengathi uNkulunkulu ukwamukela kwakho
Today another ranger died!

In memory of a former colleague and friend!

In the last decade over 1000 rangers have given their lives while on active duty for conservation and yet the world takes little notice!