The Batwa tribe have shared the forests of Uganda with mountain gorillas for millennia. In 2014, Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga exposed threats to gorillas in neighbouring Congo. In Uganda, gazetting of these forests has seen tourism boom and gorilla numbers rise, but at great cost to the Batwa. Forcibly evicted from their home without compensation or land, they face a desperate struggle for survival.
Commissioned by the Guardian: theguardian.com/travel/video/2015/jun/11/batwa-people-virunga-under-threat-video
To learn more about the Batwa and community tourism in Uganda please follow these links:
United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda uobdu.wordpress.com/
Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust volcanoessafaris.com/non-profit/
The Batwa Experience: batwaexperience.com