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Still a Pygmy
Author: Isaac Bacirongo

ISBN: 9781925048421
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 March 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 15.5 x 2.3
The shortness of a mini-eggplant is its mature size. - BaTembo Pygmy proverb

How did a Pygmy from Congo end up living in Sydney, Australia?

Growing up as a hunter-gatherer in the forests of Congo, where Pygmies were considered inferior to all other Africans and fit only for slave labour and witchcraft rituals, Isaac Bacirongo never dreamed he would end up living in Australia. He also never imagined that he would get a high school education, fall in love with a 'town girl', start a prosperous business, and even own his own car - unheard of for a Pygmy.

Centuries of oppression taught members of Isaac's tribe to hide their identity to escape persecution, but Isaac decided to make a stand and helped established the first indigenous rights organisation for Pygmies in Congo. He broke with tradition again by marrying a 'town' girl, despite his mother who, complaining that she wouldn't be catch fish or collect firewood, engaged a witchdoctor to kill her. When the tensions of Rwanda's civil war spilled over into Congo, Isaac's family fled the invading army but a brutal occupation force eventually took control of the eas...

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