The Baka believe they were thrown out of heaven for being too noisy and sent to live in the forest. The Baka people are hunter and gatherers. A semi nomadic tribes people, the Baka lived across huge territories of forest regions. In the 1960s life changed as the government of Cameroon encouraged the Baka's to move out of the forest and live by the road sides in exchange for schools, health care and the chance to trade. Then it seemed like a good deal. Little did they know...
In the periods of the year when the Baka live near the Bantu villages, they are exploited and despised by their farmer neighbours. The Baka have become victims of racism and exploited in the plantations as very cheap labour. Despite the inadequate diet and various health problems, the Baka communities have managed to live a peaceful life and maintaining their cultural heritage and the Baka identity.
Rain Forests Foundation