Sharp stones covered the ground, all the ground. Perched on top were make-shift homes. Well, if you could call them that, filled with people. And the people – chased by the endless ebb and flow of war which has ravaged the region for years. What on earth am I doing here?
It started earlier in the morning when Charlie and I crossed tediously into the DRC looking for the Congolese Mountain Gorillas. The other guerrillas – the ones with big guns and nasty habits – have taken over the mountain neighborhood homes of the gentle giants. There is no end in sight to the conflict.
Speaking with the Congolese rangers it becomes clear they are not going to see their mountain friends anytime soon. The gorillas do have a way out: They can scamper across to neighboring Rwanda where they are welcomed with open loving arms.
But why should I care about the large lumbering hairy lay bouts when there are camps of Internally Displaced Congolese littering the lava-strewn landscape surrounding Goma in the Eastern Congo?
How do we rub out this battle-line drawn so distinctly between us and the others who do not walk upright? Over the next months we will try to make sense of this and bring it to you as honestly as we can.
It's time hear the voiceless.
Editor's note: You can read about this and other Planet in Peril stories here.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with