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Removal of Botswana’s Bushmen

In Africa, Journalism on December 22, 2004 at 4:24 am

The government of Botswana completed its expulsion of the Gana and Gwi bush people from the central Kalahari game reserve, on the grounds that their hunting and gathering has become “obsolete” and their presence is no longer compatible with “preserving wildlife resources”.

To get rid of them, Survival International claims the government cut off their water supplies, taxed, fined, beat and tortured them. Bushmen have lived in the Kalahari for some 20,000 years. The wildlife is not threatened by them, but the freedom of the diamond mining and the tourism industries might be.

Having expelled the bushmen from their ancestral lands, the government now invites tourists to visit what its website calls “the last Eden”.

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