The Batwa people, once forest-dwelling hunter-gatherers and the earliest inhabitants of the region, are facing a threatened way of life. With an estimated population of 86,000 to 112,000, they reside in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The loss of their forested territories has forced the Batwa to abandon their traditional hunting and gathering practices, leading them to become squatters on the outskirts of society. This displacement has left them marginalized and lacking access to basic necessities, suffering from discrimination by dominant ethnic groups.
Despite constitutional protection, the Batwa’s rights are systematically violated. They struggle with HIV and face limited access to treatment. In Uganda’s southwestern region, approximately 6,700 Batwa reside, enduring discrimination and social exclusion.
To address their plight, the Batwa formed the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) in 2000. The organization fights for land rights, as 82 percent of the Batwa became landless after the creation of parks in 1991.
The ongoing struggle of the Batwa people demands recognition, justice, and equal rights. It is crucial that we support their journey to rectify past injustices and embrace their rightful place as stewards of the land. By doing so, we can transform their ancestral legend into a reality that values the diversity and worth of every human life.
Your donation to Corners of Earth Safari will directly contribute to initiatives that uplift and empower the Batwa community. By supporting sustainable tourism and cultural preservation efforts, you can help create positive change and make a meaningful impact in the lives of the Batwa people. Join us in our mission to ensure a brighter future for the Batwa and uphold their cultural heritage for generations to come.