Half the world's gorilla population saved. But at what cost? Journey to the Pearl of Africa to meet a tribe of Pygmies that have lost everything they have known since the beginning of time. Here in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest houses nearly half the world's Mountain Gorilla population, which currently number only about 700. But thanks to efforts like the Uganda Government at Bwindi Park, the population is recovering and growing slowly. However, to save the gorillas the Batwa Pygmies had to leave the forest to make room for the gorillas. They were promised compensation in the form of money, community projects, and a vote in the park committee. However, things did not work out exactly that way. The Batwa are different from many other marginalized peoples in Africa because, instead of a long history of oppression or war that creates a need, the Batwa simply lack Western style knowledge of how to compete for resources and recognition, but are waiting to be taught. From a pre-Stone-Age life in the Bwindi Forest to becoming an agrarian society is a big transition. The Kellermanns' ideas are to first attend to basic health and sanitation needs of the Batwa Pygmies and then schooling.... Written by