From the Past to the present

Our history

The batwa indigenous  are the  people who are believed to be the  original people  of  Africa and more particularly  the first tribe that lived in the great mountains and forests of great virunga and bwindi impenetrable forest during the period before 1991.

The batwa lived an independent, contented  life in the forests. Practicing their rights without any inconveniences, worshiping their ancestors in the caves, feeding on the forest nature. Honey, vegetables, fruits and meat from the wild animals as they were known as food gathers. According to the batwa cultural setting worshiping ancestors was the most important practice. It would give them protection, life knowledge, unity, good fortunes and harmony.

However in 1991 the government of Uganda evicted all the batwa from the forest to implement both conservation and tourism. However it was very unfortunate that there was no any compensation or any form of relocation that were done to resettle the batwa in new lands.

Currently the batwa people are living a humiliating life. squatting on church lands, organizations given small plots and more so batwa live a marginalized life, discriminated and un represented in the government.