In October, Justin Wren left the comfort of the USA, and headed for the Congo. He will spend the next year trying to free 1,000 Mbuti Pygmy slaves. His Fight for the Forgotten project aims to barter their freedom, move them onto already-purchased land, and teach them self-sustainable skills.
Wren's story is being being chronicled by SI MMA writer and New York Times bestselling author Loretta Hunt. Howard Books, the Christian imprint of Simon & Schuster, has bought the book, which will be titled Fight for the Forgotten.
In November Wren had to overcome Typhoid Fever, Malaria, and diarhea, the three greatest killers of the MButi people, who suffer from perhaps the shortest lifespan on Earth.
This month he is trying to drill wells so the MBute people will have access to clean water.
These are quite possibly my two FAVORITE pics ever...
...taken of me and my Pygmy family.
Good News: I was basically on the bottom of a football style "dog-pile" when I came into my family's village!
My little sister is the one sticking her tongue out, lol. Last year she was too nervous/afraid to let me get close to her, we are pals now! Get this, her name is Sumbelina (like Thumbelina, but with an "S").
Great news: We complete our first WATER WELL tomorrow!!! And, we will finish a second in a few days.
Best News: We have secured 7.5 square kilometers of LAND for the Pygmies, that they now OWN.
"Bad" news (or more like BATTLE news): The clean water won't be flowing in my Pygmy family village... YET. We hit too many obstacles to bust through this mammoth rock layer and had to come back to civilization, prove the system works, recalculate, gear up again, and we head back in a week.
We hiked 10-12 km's through the thick forest, carrying OVER 1 metric ton of drilling equipment, pipes, tools, cement, gravel, sand, etc... We crossed a river... We tried our hardest... Every member of our team had bloody open blisters on our hands as we tried to bust through this rock...
As we were working we were surrounded by little 2, 3, and 4 year old children (boys and girls) who looked like they were 10 months PREGNANT because of the different kinds of worms and parasites in their tummy's from dirty water.
GOTTA bust through this rock in a week... We GOTTA get these people clean water now that they are living freely for themselves, on their own land, producing their own food, but STRUGGLING by drinking the most horrific water I could imagine human beings drinking... With your next sip of pure drinking water, say a littler prayer or think of my family for me :-) They are awesome, you'd love them!
My water filter (I've already had Typhoid and Malaria, can't risk drinking what they drink, I'd die). This is the second time through my filter, then I have to add drops.
Still doesn't look very "Clean"
Thanks for all the support guys, I won't feel like we accomplished something till my FAMILY (and the reason I'm here) has crystal clear, sparkling clean drinking water...
We are getting the professional gold diggers that had to flee their homes because of rebel conflict to come with us to teach us how to bust through this rock. We will feed them, and pay them a fair wage to bust through 2-3 meters of this rock to hopefully get us to clean water, or to softer soil to use our tools that can go up to 50 meters in one day if we had easy soil to work with.
Water is worth more than gold... Without it, your dead... With dirty water, it might kill you (dirty water kills nearly 2 milliion kids a year, I know, i've held a dead child and buried him the next day...)
Anyways, cheers to clean water! Healthy Pygmies, and shrinking tummys!
As always, SO rad and thankful for UG support!
Live to love, love to live!
For more information, please check out fightfortheforgotten.com/