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News from the Bushmen


Helpful letter from the European Council

Five European Heads of Mission [Ambassadors] to Botswana recently produced a report on the Bushmen's relocation. All Survival's attempts to see a copy of this report have been rebuffed.

42 UK MPs sign Bushmen motion

A motion tabled in the UK parliament, supporting the rights of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen of Botswana, has been signed so far by 42 MPs.

Bushmen win royalties for their desert expertise

'Bushmen' have eaten parts of the hoodia cactus to suppress their hunger and thirst during long hunting trips and journeys in the desert. Now, a US drug company is using the plant to develop what may become a new anti-obesity drug.

Persecution of Bushmen stepped up

At least ten Bushmen from Molapo, in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), Botswana, have been charged with entering a game reserve without a permit. Botswana police issued the charges yesterday, June 16. The Bushmen have to appear in court on June 23

Botswana president: Bushmen can’t go home

President Mogae of Botswana told a protester in the UK this week that the Gana and Gwi 'Bushmen' who have been forced off their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve will not be allowed to go home.

Bushman land carved up for diamond exploration

'The Government was justified in removing the Basarwa ['Bushmen'] from the Reserve... It is sensible of Government to take such action. Otherwise who would always want to remain in the Dark Ages while others move forward?'