Worldwide ad campaign launched for Bushmen
|Survival International, the worldwide organisation supporting tribal peoples, launched an international advertising campaign on 2 March 2002. The advertisements highlight the persecution of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. For the last 16 years, the Botswana government has been trying to force the Bushmen off their ancestral land . In 1997, many were forcibly evicted from their homes in the Kalahari desert, and those that remain have faced drastic restrictions in their hunting rights, torture and routine harassment. In the latest move to drive them out, the Botswana government has announced that it is cutting off all water supplies to Gana and Gwi communities in the reserve. The first advertisements to expose this government harrassment appeared in the Brisbane Courier-Mail, Australia, where Botswana's President was attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Further adverts appeared around the world.
Survival has also distributed the advertisement to every government delegation at the
CHOGM, together with information on the Bushmen's plight. It exposes the atrocities
being committed against the Bushmen, whose water has been cut off to force them off
their ancestral land and into resettlement camps.
Survival's Director Stephen Corry said today, 'Today's ad is just the start of a long
campaign. The Botswana government's racist oppression of the Bushmen is
appalling millions of people around the world, and our adverts will reach many
more. Wrecking the Bushmen's lives will wreck Botswana's reputation, and that is
exactly what is happening now.'
|Survival's advert can be downloaded at: www.survival-international.org/ad.htm
Note: The respected think-tank the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit has highlighted
the Bushmen's persecution in a memorandum to all CHOGM delegations. They say,
'the Basarwa (San Bushmen) of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana today face a bleak
future in relocation camps as the Government forces the remaining 700 members
of their tribal group off the land.'
|Extent of Action:||International|
|Prepared By:||rja, 6/02|