Pygmy kids. www.healafrica.org

Melinda Kerr

Melbourne, Australia

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These kids are pygmies. They live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (to the best of my knowledge, they only live in D.R. Congo). In D.R. Congo the pygmies are the ‘lowest of the low.’ The bottom tribe in the hierachy. They have been victimised since time began. The various militias in D.R. Congo have been persecuting this tribe for fun for some time. They rape and pillage and burn their huts and force them off their land. This tribe is being supported by heal africa. They have asked heal africa to buy them land and teach them how to farm. This is a big shift as they have always been hunters. But they have come to realise it is no longer safe for them to be in the jungle. They were literally dying. Heal Africa has bought them land and is teaching them to farm. They have been forced off this land a few months ago by the militia (and their huts burned) but they have come back. When we visited them we brought them some food and a mat donated by UNICEF. We served them and sang with them. Even though they are starving and didn’t know where their next meal was coming from the mothers still fed their children first. Not knowing if we would have enough for them (which we did). Then they broke out in this unbelievable dance to thank us. It was incredible. And real. Not a tourist dance! We all joined in. If you want to know more about what Heal Africa does they are at healafrica.org Any profits from this go to them. oh, and yes, pygmies are very, very short! :-)

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