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Expelled from their ancestral homes by the creation of the Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks in southwestern Uganda, the Batwa pygmies have been reduced to a small community of around 1,000 individuals living in slums around Kisoro, a town where tourists stream each year to visit the parks and see its famed mountain gorillas.
While conservation tourism booms, however, most Batwa are considered ultra poor, have extremely low life expectancy, and have been struggling to have their rights recognized for three decades.
Over recent years, a Batwa organization called UOBDU has sought legal recourse, arguing that the land for the national parks was unlawfully seized from the indigenous people. This is yet to be resolved.
VICE News learns how Batwa pygmies, having being forced from the forest, struggle against discrimination and poverty to survive in Uganda.
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