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Covid-19: Pygmies return to forest to isolate

Dzanga-Sangha, a wildlife sanctuary in southwest Central African Republic, is a remote place, linked to the rest of the world by a narrow trail that becomes impassable in heavy rain.

But for the region’s Pygmies — outcasts in a country already ranked among the poorest in the world — Dzanga-Sangha’s isolation could be a blessing.


As coronavirus spreads in the CAR, with more than 1,000 cases officially recorded and four deaths, a campaign has been launched to encourage the Bayaka people, who divide their time between the village and the forest, to hole up in the reserve.

“They are being asked to go and live in their hunting camps for three months,” said Luis Arranz, in charge of the national park for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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