The stolen forest


The Baka people – pygmies who live in the Dja reserve in southern Cameroon – abandoned a few years ago, forever, the forest where they lived as semi-nomads. Today, settled in villages, they see how trucks full of «their trees» circulate next to them. The lotophagous Bakas consume alcohol to forget the harsh reality of their condition, divided between the tradition that characterizes them and the sirens of modernity that catches them.

The change they have undergone and their continuous struggle are a reflection on the reality of each one of us. These photos show the present of the Baka people – a culture that may seem distant but in reality is close to us, if we consider the lives of our ancestors – in their period of transition and their struggle to survive.

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