While the Botswana Tourism Board promotes its country with glossy images of Bushman hunters, Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) are being starved and intimidated off their ancestral land.
Authorities are forcing Bushmen to apply for restricted one-month permits to access their ancestral land despite an unprecedented High Court ruling that upheld their constitutional right to live freely and to hunt inside the CKGR.
Now government forces are ramping up a campaign of intimidation and harassment against the Bushmen. Hunters are being arrested and face imprisonment and fines for an activity they depend on for their survival, and their long-standing lawyer has been barred from entering Botswana to represent his clients.
This could mean the end for the last hunting Bushmen in Africa.
Please write to the Minister of Tourism in Botswana telling him that you won’t be coming to Botswana.