Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo

Maria Muzinga, a Pygmy, cooks in the village of Mukondo, in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on November 16, 2014Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like “savages”. Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Since colonial times, they have cohabited uneasily with majority Bantus, who are accused of exploiting the Pygmies, paying them meagre wages — or with alcohol and cigarettes — and generally treating them as inferior beings.

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