Since the early 1990s, the worldwide demand for ivory has quadrupled. They say, it is because the main consumers – the ordinary middle-class Chinese – have grown prosperous and are now able to afford it.

That demand however has transformed the simple crime story of the poaching of elephants as a wildlife conservation issue to a child-abuse and terrorism story that is threatening to tear apart the peace and security of an entire Europe-sized region in Africa.

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