The Twa, also known as Batwa, are a pygmy people who were the oldest recorded
inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of central Africa. Current populations are found
in the nations of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the eastern portion of the
Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2000, they numbered approximately 80,000 people,
making them significant minority groups in these countries.
There are also a number of southern "Twa" populations in Angola, Namibia, Zambia,
and Botswana living in swamps and deserts far from the forest.