Exploring the Batwa Communities
Trip Start Oct 23, 2012
19Trip End Nov 12, 2012
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Etienne and Everest provided history and discussions of the current 3 communities we were going to visit.
We drove up to the mountains to see the first of the three Batwa communities
The next two communities we visited are examples of how providing more land, a water source and a mill to grind the cassava root into flour or any other grain, changes their lives more quickly than the community in the mountains.
The Batwa people have many diversities facing them. But they are enduring and there is hope as different NGO's provide better housing and better farming techniques to assist them.
The current average life expectancy for the Batwa is only 40. Very few have completed high school or have a University education.
There is a total of 86,000 Batwa in Burundi.
I found it very sad that Burundi Batwa are being forced to change their known way of life because of the disappearance of the forest
We can only hope and pray that more help and solutions will be provided for these people as they learn to evolve into modern civilization.
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