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Boy from Batwa pygmy tribe with mud on the face, Cyamudongo, Rwanda | by Eric Lafforgue
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Boy from Batwa pygmy tribe with mud on the face, Cyamudongo, Rwanda

The Twa, aka the Batwa, are a pygmy people who were the oldest recorded inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of central Africa. They now live in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thanks to the pottery they make and sell in Kigali shops, they are able to built some big mud houses in many villages. That's why this kid is full of mud.

 

It is funny to compare the Batwa who see really few tourists in rwanda, and the Surma from Ethiopia. Batwa were just happy to see foreigners visiting their village, Surma were making business!

 

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Taken on March 25, 2010