Manager of Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Aged 31, a Swedish national but a third generation African, Erik Mararv was born in the Central African Republic, where his parents were working at the time. For much of the last decade, Mararv managed a remote camp in the southeastern Central African Republic. In May of 2015, he moved to Garamba, one of the world’s last wild places.
Garamba, situated in a lawless region of northern DRC, shares over 200 km of border with South Sudan. The area is subject to raids by the Janjaweed from Darfur, army units and militias from both Sudan and South Sudan, and followers of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.
Poachers in Garamba primarily target elephants for their ivory, and are often heavily armed using professional techniques. Many of these groups have been involved in numerous central African conflicts and have carried out atrocities against civilians.