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Botswana Bushmen

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

This is Agenda 21 in action, folks. Bushmen are being driven off their land because “the Bushmen’s presence in the reserve is not compatible with preserving wildlife and that living in such harsh conditions offers few prospects.” Previously, “another court allowed the Bushmen to return to desert-like homelands where diamond mining claims and a new luxury tourist lodge led to their eviction by the government.”

So here it is in a nutshell:

Indigenous people are being driven off their land through water deprivation under the pretext of wildlife conservation. In the meantime, their water and land are being used for things like luxury tourist lodges and diamond mining. After all, the rich need to have their diamonds and be surrounded by wildlife without the inconvenient sight of the lower order of people of which you and I are a part.

It happened to the Bushmen, and it is beginning to happen to us with water privatization. 

Agenda 21

Court denies Kalahari Bushmen water rights

The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 21, 2010; 12:18 PM

GABORONE, Botswana — A court in Botswana ruled Wednesday that indigenous dwellers in one of the driest parts of the world will not be allowed to drill wells for water.

The Botswana High Court said the Bushmen people were not entitled to use a well already established on their traditional land in the Kalahari Game Reserve or excavate a new one.

The government has argued that the Bushmen’s presence in the reserve is not compatible with preserving wildlife and that living in such harsh conditions offers few prospects. READ MORE…

(C) 2010 Barbara H. Peterson

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