Batwa left in the cold as govt rolls out Covid cash

Some of the Batwa at their settlement in Kisoro Town near the district headquarters in April 2018.  PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • About Batwa. Originally forest dwellers, the estimated 6,200 Batwa, as per the 2014 population and housing census, have been dispossessed of their land by conservation agencies, and cultivators. They now live as squatters in the south-western districts of Bundibugyo, Kabale, Kisoro, Rubanda, Kanungu and Rukungiri.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest used to be their home before they were evicted.

The Batwa community in Kigezi Sub-region are up in arms against the government for not including them among the most vulnerable categories of people to receive Covid-19 relief funds.

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