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Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with Four Paws International, feeds Kavaan, Pakistan's only Asian elephant, at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad on 11 November 2020 before travelling to a sanctuary in Cambodia. (Keystone/AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

🐘 War spares no person or creature. Marion Lombard knows this better than anyone. For five years, she travelled with the NGO Four Paws through conflict zones, from Gaza to Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan and Iraq, to rescue wild animals, mostly from zoos barely scraping by.

From saving lions in the Gaza Strip to evacuating an elephant from Pakistan by military plane, the Frenchwoman, who now works for the foundation Switzerland for the UNHCR, recounts some of her most memorable experiences and the ordeal of focusing solely on animals in the midst of such complicated human contexts in an interview with Le Temps translated by Geneva Solutions.

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