Botswana: Government Renews Assault on Bushmen

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Botswana: Government Renews Assault on Bushmen
By: Survival International
20 May 2009
 

According to a report by Survival International, yesterday, the government sent truckloads of police and wildlife scouts to their territory in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) to confiscate all of their goats.

This is quite serious since the Kgeikani rely on those goats for essential nutrients. The government still denies them access to their water borehole.

This is not the first time their goats have been seized either. It happened at least one other time, in 2002, when the government relocated about 700 Kgeikani from the reserve to various resettlement camps—’to give them a better chance at surviving’, said the government at the time.

Those same goats were only just returned to the Kgeikani. And now they are gone again.

Following the first confiscation, the Kgeikani filed a lawsuit saying the government acted illegally. In December 2006 they won the judgment in what was hailed a “landmark victory” for Botswana, for Africa, and for indigenous rights everywhere.

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