Asua people

Asua Pygmies

Asua / Asoa

The Asua or Asoa are an Mbuti pygmy people of the Ituri forest.

The Ituri Rainforest is a rainforest located in the Ituri Province of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

They speak a Central Sudanic language, Asuati, and are the only Pygmy group in the east to have their own language, though it is closely related to Mangbetu.

The Asua have a patron–vassal relationship with several neighboring peoples, including, the Malele, Meegye, Makere, Popoyi, Mangbetu, and Abulu (all Central Sudanic) and the Liko and Ndaka (both Bantu).

Ituri forest - Asua people

Pygmies map