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Batwa Conservation Democratic Republic of the Congo

Batwa vs. Kahuzi National Park

Batwa communities were forcefully removed from their land in Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB) without further accommodations.

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Batwa Conservation Rwanda Twa

The Landless Twa of Rwanda

33,000 Twa (Batwa) account for less than one percent of the Rwandan population and are the most vulnerable population living there. Twa are landless and many struggle to make a living in modern society. The government only recognizes Twa as “historically marginalized.” Photo Credit: Nick Ashdown

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Batwa Conservation Uganda

Batwa vs. Land Grabbing in Uganda

Batwa are often called the “Keepers of the Forest” and are one of Africa’s oldest surviving indigenous communities.

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Bantu Batwa Bayaka Central African Republic Infrastructure

Mbenga vs. Development in the Dzanga-Sangha Forest

The Mbenga people have lived in the Dzanga-Sangha Forest of the Central African Republic for centuries. However, maintaining a traditional livelihood is now a challenge due to logging, poaching, poor health, and servitude to the majority Bilo who exploit local resources. Photo Credit: The Guardian

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Batwa Burundi Conservation Hutu Tutsi

Life of Batwa in Burundi

Batwa in Burundi, as elsewhere in the region, account for just one percent of the total population. Like other Batwa, they are viewed as inferior, and many live in poor conditions and face discrimination. Photo Credit: Mario Rizzolio (UN)