Pygmy Peoples of the DRC: A Rising Movement

    by If not us then who?
    Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:00 GMT

Nzamburba, 52, who is a member of a pygmy community, wears the skin of a wild cat on his head at Mugunga, just west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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The pygmy people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are fighting for the recognition of their land rights and distinct identity.

Discriminated against for decades, they are seeking protection for their forest, which is central to their religious beliefs and provides their food and livelihoods.

By organising and giving structure to their movement, they are building solidarity and encouraging young pygmies to keep their values and traditions alive.

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