The eroding life for the Batek of Kuala Koh, Malaysia’s last hunter-gatherers - The Washington Post
For decades, the Batek of Kuala Koh had seen their territory and lifestyles encroached upon. Then, in May, the high fevers set in. “Their throats swelled and then they couldn’t swallow or eat,” recalled headman Mahmet Pokok. In rapid succession, one after another, they began to fall ill.
“Soon people couldn’t breathe,” Pokok continued. “They shriveled and their bodies turned black.” Then some began to die.