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Illegal Logging Threatens South Sudan Forests

South Sudanese officials are concerned that they might lose one of the country's treasures if locals in Eastern Equatoria state continue to cut down trees in the 14 forest reserves in the state. But residents of the state, like Ohide Pios, insist they have no choice but to continue with their illegal activity. The wood, which Pios turns into charcoal or uses to build shelter for his family, is his only means of making a living, he said. "I normally cut dry trees around the...

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