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Editor's Note: This blog (and vlog) was brought to you from the southern jungles of Cameroon.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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Today I did something I am unlikely to ever do again in my life. For eight hours, I trekked through a jungle in southern Cameroon. Now, I have been on hikes before, but this was unlike anything I ever experienced.
As soon as we entered the jungle with a local hunter named Dede Donddong, we were immersed in the feel of the jungle. You could immediately hear the sound of Hornbills and an African Gray Parrot in the distance. It was loud and melodious.
You could also feel the intense heat and humidity uniquely experienced in a jungle – within seconds, we were drenched. You could smell the centuries of foliage mixed with the live scent of animals and everything around us was green, almost unimaginably thick.
I didn’t know how we would even make our way through the jungle, as there wasn’t a path that I could immediately see. Eddie smiled and wielded a machete. He started a path and began our 8 hour journey.
For us, we were in pursuit of a story for Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, looking at the bushmeat trade and the reliance of locals on these animals for protein. For Dede, it was a mandatory trip to find some sort of bush animal, so that his family might eat that night.
Mother Nature continues her to unleash her fury on parts of the Midwest...The worst flooding in 15 years has paralyzed large sections of eastern Iowa, with heavy rains and brutal storms leaving their marks from one end of the state to the other. 4000 homes have been evacuated and fifty-five of the state's 99 counties have been declared "emergency disaster areas." The flooding is snarling major roadways across the state. The Iowa Department of Transportation lists more than 35 state and federal highways that are closed or blocked, including a section of I-80 east of Iowa City...IT is just UGLY, and the water continues to rise. Gary Tuchman, Susan Roesgen and Dan Simon will be LIVE for us from the flood zone tonight..
Anderson will join us from the jungles of Cameroon…as many know he is out shooting the second installment of Planet in Peril. Part Two of the documentary series takes you on a two-hour journey to the places where the world’s natural resources are caught in the crossfire of conflict. Anderson cooper, Dr Sanjay Gupta and Lisa Ling go to the frontiers, where the intersection of the battles are waged. Tonight, Anderson focuses on Cameroon - where dwindling food supplies push people into the jungle, exposing them to mysterious and deadly disease....
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