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EMMF: Making a Difference in Uganda

Reverend Emmanuel Twinamatsiko in Byumba Pygmy Settlement

 

His three main points were education, health, and land, in that order. In the past couple of years, they have lost their agricultural teacher for the Pygmies, their nursery school teacher, and their public health nurse. There used to be a nurse there everyday, and this is greatly needed. There is an epileptic who was seriously burned in a fire three months ago, who was refused treatment in the government health clinic about two miles away, because he had no money. Also, land is a problem; there is not enough land. At this first site, there are thirty-six acres, forty-nine families, and two hundred and forty-six people. Some of the other Pygmies are still moving, are nomadic, and have trouble staying in one place. The Pygmies at Byumba have a protected water source from one spring. They are often in trouble with the park officials because some go to the Bwindi forest to cut down trees for money to survive. However, they are allowed to go back into the forest to gather herbs and roots. Fuel is not as big a problem in this settlement as in Katairiro. Housing is a problem; sometimes several families live together in one small hut.

 

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