BWINDI FOREST, Uganda — For the first time in centuries, a remote African tribe called the Batwa Pygmies is being introduced to Jesus Christ.
“We smoked; we drank; we performed witchcraft,” said Jovanis Nyirakayanje, a Batwa Pygmy. “We were devil worshippers.”
For centuries, the Batwa were rain forest dwellers who lived in caves and trees while hunting in the equatorial jungles of Africa.
“We used to live like animals in the jungle,” said Nyirakayanje.
Dr. Scott Kellermann, an American physician, is studying the Batwa people.
“They are very diminutive,” said Kellermann, who founded the The Kellermann Foundation. “They are only four and a half feet in height typically. They hunted with poison-tip arrows or nets, collect fruits from the trees or roots from the ground.”<!–more–>