Saturday, August 23, 2003

Botswana: Bushmen being pushed off their land

This is so sad!
In a special focus on the Bushmen's plight, the September edition of The Ecologist reveals that since 1997, the government of Botswana has been uprooting the Bushmen from their ancestral lands and moving them to resettlement camps.

In June, the Mail & Guardian Online reported on at least 10 of the Bushmen who were charged with entering a game reserve without a permit. President of Botswana Festus Mogae then stated that the reserve was "for animals, not people". The Central Kalahari reserve was established in the 1960s to protect the Bushmen's land from encroachment.
The Bushmen aren't doing very well in these "resettlement camps". Alcoholism and other social ills are rife. And guess what ... De Beers is moving into the Kalahari looking for diamonds. What a surprise!

Here is a post from a couple of days ago about the conflict between conservationists & indigenous people across the continent.