The Batwa People
The batwa are an indegenous people of the forest who lived together with the gorillas before conservation in early 90s, these people lived and guarded the forest and gorillas as their home. They harvested honey, tree leaves, fruits and hunted small wild game for food, but the government misunderstood that and cast them out of the forest without any clear resettlement and compassion plan. Today the Batwa are living as squatters on other peoples land. Having had no survival skills in the new environment, the Batwa live an un-certain lifestyle with no housing, land or even basic needs of life meanwhile facing a lot of stigmatization, exploitation and marginalization with many people regarding them as useless subhumans. Their children have no future and do not go to school, this has led to continued increase in poverty levels. The Batwa have the highest child death rates in Uganda. More than half of the children of landless Batwa die before the age of five and are killed by preventable and treatable diseases. Such diseases include malaria, dysentery, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Infections and Malnutrition, a disease of poverty has claimed most of the Batwa lives. Adults fare only slightly better. Over 70% of the world’s hungry live in underdeveloped countries. Women and children are most negatively impacted. Every ten seconds a child dies of malnutrition, making up 45% of all child deaths under age five in developing countries. Among the Batwa, child survival is minimal and very few make it to age five. The causes of death are preventable. With all this the batwa remain a very happy people with great love for music and live to share their culture with others. You can be a hero and save one or two innocent souls in rural Uganda by donating today.