How ‘Sustainable’ Development Ravaged the Congo Basin

Pygmies and wildlife coexisted for millennia—until conservation coupled with extractive industries arrived

In the pitch-black darkness, sitting on the forest floor with our bodies so close that we touch, we sing, each voice producing a different yodeled melody to create a densely overlapping harmony. As the hours pass, individual melodies melt into one another, and we begin to lose ourselves in the human and acoustic tapestry we have created. The intensity of the singing builds…

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