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BaTwa (Africa)

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Flag of the Twa people
image by Ivan Sache, 12 Sep 1999
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Description of the flag

This flag is listed under number 8 at the chart Flags of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as: «Batwa (Twa, “Pygmies”) - Central Africa.»: Vertical blue-white-green with a red disc over the half of white and green stripes. Twa tribes are scattered over Democratic Congo, Centrafrican Republic, Burundi and Rwanda, and have no common political organization, so the flag is dubious. Nice original design, anyway.
Ivan Sache, 12 Sep 1999

About the BaTwa

There is an interesting aspect to the name Twa (plural BaTwa) it appears to be a Bantu root-word, since it is also found in the Bantu languages of South Africa. However, in this country it does not refer to Pygmies, but to Bushmen (in Sotho the term for Bushman is Twa, plural Batwa. In Zulu and Xhosa the word is also twa, plural abatwa); the root word would appear to mean "aboriginal".
Mike Oettle, 15 Mar 2007

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