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batwa children

The Batwa remain one of the most marginalised and discriminated against indigenous minorities in Uganda. originally called "pygmies" they have been displaced from the forests and jungles - in the name of conservation - and scrape a living on the edges of these areas.The Batwa were the original ancient dwellers of the forest. The first records of pygmies were made by the Egyptians over 4000 years ago. They described short stature people living near the “Mountains of the Moon” extolling their abilities as dancers and story tellers. Homer and Aristotle also made mention of them. They survived by hunting small game using poison tipped arrows or nets and gathering various plants and fruit that the forest naturally supplies. Small temporary huts construc ted with leaves and branches served as their dwellings, which are abandoned after a few months when they relocated to another part of the forest in search of fresh supplies of food.

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Taken on December 25, 2011