'Voice of the Batwa' was planned and filmed by members of the Batwa people during a Participatory Video project facilitated by InsightShare. Part of this film was aired on Ugandan television as well as being screened to local and national politicians, donors and NGOs.
The Batwa are an indigenous people of the Great Lakes region of tropical Africa. Formerly hunter-gatherers, they were expelled from their ancestral forests to make way for conservation and tourism projects. They experience extreme racial discrimination from their neighbours as well as extreme poverty, landlessness and unequal access to education and healthcare. The Batwa do not benefit from mechanisms to channel tourist money into local community development projects.
This film was created to raise awareness among Ugandan policy makers and the world at large of the shocking plight of the Batwa people since their forced eviction from their ancestral hunting grounds in 1992.
This project was supported by the UNDP Small Grants Programme and Human Rights Programme with assistance from the Ugandan Ministry of Finance.