Photo gallery with soundscapes and quotes from the book The Forest Has You


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Smiling child, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka girl in a rainforest camp (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"Today life for the Baka is more difficult than ever, and perhaps there is really no future for them on our planet. Yet to see them you would never say this. Full of fun and light of heart (when they are in the forest), you can hear their singing and laughter well before you arrive at their camps. They accept life as it comes, exorcising suffering with good humour and simplicity..."

Luis Devin, The Forest Has You. Story of an Initiation
Italian edition: La foresta ti ha. Storia di un'iniziazione
(Castelvecchi - LIT Edizioni)

Soundscape: Baka children's voices in a
rainforest camp (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon).

Photo gallery about African Pygmies and the rainforest, with soundscapes from pygmy camps and the forest.

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 21:23.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).