Batwa women in Burundi: The Batwa people lived in Bwindi Forest. In 1992, the lives of the Batwa pygmies changed forever. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest became a national park and World Heritage Site to protect the 350 endangered mountain gorillas within its boundaries. The Batwa were evicted from the park. Since they had no title to land, they were given no compensation. The Batwa became conservation refugees in unfamiliar, non-forest world.
The mountains are my bones, the rivers my veins, the forests are my thoughts and the stars are my dreams. The ocean is my heart its pounding is my pulse. The songs of the earth write the music of my soul.