Lonely Planet Writer

Call for community tourism to save Batwa

The Batwa people.
The Batwa people. Image by Jocelyn Saurini / CC BY 2.0

The Batwa people of the Uganda, who shared the forests with mountain gorillas for generations, are currently facing a struggle for survival. They were traditionally hunter-gatherers, but this became more difficult in 1991 when they were forcibly evicted from their land to make way for the national parks. Charities are now calling for community tourism projects to help the community benefit from the thousands of tourists who visit their ancestral land while tracking gorillas. Read more: theguardian.com