The tourism industry brings in a sizeable amount of revenue in Uganda contributing 5.8 trillion ($1.6billion) to to its GDP.which makes it the top foreign exchange earner.
Among the top tourist destinations is Bwindi impenetrable forest and surrounding areas.
Bwindi impenetrable forest was formerly a home for the Batwa, an indigenous tribe in the districts of Kanungu and Kisoro.
Batwa were forcefully evicted from their ancestral home by the Ugandan government in 1991 without compensation to preserve room for national parks basically for Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga National parks.
They ended up becoming destitute and environmental refugees living in grass-thatched houses in communal settlements and some roaming around as casual laborers in tea gardens of native Bakiga and beggars from tourists who come to visit these areas.
The suspension of inbound and outbound passenger travels in Uganda.
Since the closure of Entebbe airport and the eventual total lockdown of the country on 23rd March 2020 following the directives of President Museveni , Uganda is not receiving any tourists now.
Uganda is neither receiving nor allowing individual distribution of food to any vulnerable community apart from the relief committee through the office of Prime Minister of Uganda.
Our Impact as Cherie Wilshire Foundation.
CWF is one of the non-government and charity organizations in Uganda that has been providing food and other basic needs to Batwa in Kanungu and Kisoro districts.
Batwa trail . A program by Uganda Wildlife Authority is another source of income where some Batwa dance for tourists who visit their communities in return for a small fee to cater for their basic needs.
Prime Minister relief Fund.
Today the 5th of April 2020, the government of Uganda through the office of prime minister has embarked on an exercise of relief food distribution to the vulnerable people in Uganda
These include the elderly, pregnant mothers, the sick and all those people who live hand to mouth and were severely affected by the lockdown of the country.
The Batwa are not considered in this program yet they are one of the most vulnerable communities in Uganda. Does this confirm that the Batwa were totally forgotten by the government as part of Uganda’s population?