Dina Buck

Dina Buck (United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda - UOBDU): Dina’s undergraduate degrees include a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Environmental Policy and Assessment from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. In 2010, Dina served as an AP Peace Fellow with the Kampala-based World Peasants/Indigenous Organization (WPIO), now called the East and Central Africa Association for Indigenous Rights (ECAAIR), which advocates for Batwa rights in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the time of her 2011 fellowship, Dina was studying for her Master’s degree in International Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver, with concentrations in both sustainable development and international administration and law. After her fellowship Dina wrote: “This fellowship has helped me learn more about my capabilities and my handicaps. I also feel I understand better how to sustainably empower people, and work with them in a way that honors their dignity, intelligence, and capabilities.”



INTERVIEW WITH MAUDA NYIRAVUGUHENDA: MUTWA FROM RUSHEKYE IREMERA BUKIMBIRI SUBCOUNTY

07 Aug

So, here is my first video interview. I interviewed an older woman named Mauda, who was born in Bwindi forest, and still has some memories of that time.

I have to admit I am still wobbly with video taking/creation, so sorry for the shakiness and lighting. It’s a novice first try, for sure. I had a heck of a time getting the video to look clear on YouTube after the first try. I imported, exported, updated software, zipped, compressed, etc…finally, I had to just re-do the whole thing using the newer version of iMovie, and (crossing my fingers), I think it worked! It’s 10 minutes (a bit lengthy, but the more interesting parts of the interview come later, so I hope some of you will have the patience to sit through the whole thing.

One of the things that struck me about Mauda’s comments is the fact that the Batwa have been out of the forest for so long that they don’t want to return the way many think they do. What they would like, instead, is land they can settle permanently on (many are squatters on others’ land), and access privileges to the forest.

Posted By Dina Buck

Posted Aug 7th, 2011

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