The Short and Terrible Lives of Mbuti Pygmies
Why is it that Mbuti Pygmies have the lowest average life expectancy (16, 18 or24)? Why are they the poorest people on earth (average $90 annual income)? Why do they suffer so much more malnutrition, malaria, typhoid, parasites, TB and easily preventable diseases than their closest neighbours? Here we answer all the questions of who, what, when, where are Mbuti Pygmies and how to best effect positive change.
Pygmies existed for millennia as hunter gatherers in the vast tropical rain forest collecting honey and roots and hunting for meat. Pygmies were the original and sole inhabitants of sub-Sahara Africa; and, according to geneticists, they are the ancestors of all other races.
For these millennia, very little changed.
Around 1400, Bantus migrated by the millions from the northwest of Africa and began to displace Pygmies as they dominated the land and multiplied into the greater part of one billion inhabitants of Africa.
The Bantus have changed the lives of Pygmies by claiming the land as theirs and cutting down the forest for their vast farming revolution. Sub-Sahara Africa is changing from a tropical jungle climate to a desert due to deforestation and development. This change has killed off millions of Pygmies and caused great suffering among the rest as their forest home is completely disappearing.
Though their environment has changed, Mbuti Pygmies remain hunter-gatherers. Still they try to hunt for bush meat and honey but it is gone.