Thursday, July 19, 2007

Pygmies in the zoo

Reuters reports via the New York Times:

Human rights activists accused organizers of a Pan-African music festival of mistreating a group of pygmy musicians by housing them in tents at the city zoo. While other artists were given accommodation in hotels in the capital, Brazzaville, around 20 pygmy performers were put up in tents inside the enclosure of the zoo. Organizers of the festival told Radio France Internationale that as pygmies normally live in the forest, they had sought to re-create their habitat.

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