A member of a local Bambuti or pygmy community stands outside her hut holding an infant near the village of Mugunga, west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 27, 2010. Dislodged by war, deforestation and conservation efforts from their traditional hunter-gatherer existence in the forest, Congo's pygmies experience widespread discrimination from more dominant ethnic groups and remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and hardship, according to human rights groups.

Nyandwi Sagahutu, 60, and his sister, Herena Nyiramanego, 85, both members of a Bambuti, or pygmy community, stand outside their hut for a portrait near the village of Mugunga, west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 27, 2010. Dislodged from their traditional hunter-gatherer existence in the forests by war, deforestation and conservation efforts, Congo's pygmies experience widespread discrimination from more dominant ethnic groups and remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and hardship, according to human rights groups.

Kahindo Sipora Shemutambo, 58, a member of a Bambuti, or pygmy community, stands for a portrait with her goat near the village of Mugunga, just west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 27, 2010.

Nzamburba, 52, who is a member of a pygmy community, wears the skin of a wild cat on his head at Mugunga, just west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 24, 2010

Alfonsina Mukamurenzi, 50, and her husband, Buregeya Muzungu, 60, both members of a Bambuti, or pygmy community, stand outside their hut for a portrait near the village of Mugunga, just west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 27, 2010. Dislodged from their traditional hunter-gatherer existence in the forests by war, deforestation and conservation efforts, Congo's pygmies experience widespread discrimination from more dominant ethnic groups and remain trapped in a cycle of poverty and hardship, according to human rights groups.

lfonsina Mukamurenzi, 50, and her husband, Buregeya Muzungu, 60, both members of a Bambuti, or pygmy community, stand outside their hut for a portrait near the village of Mugunga, just west of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 27, 2010.