14 Feb '15, 2pm

Bushmen aren't forever - Kalahari diamonds go on sale, Bushmen are evicted. The Ecologist

Bushmen aren't forever - Kalahari diamonds go on sale, Bushmen are evicted. The Ecologist

Survival International continue to allege that the Bushmen have been forced off their lands because of diamonds ... No economically viable diamond deposits have been discovered in the CKGR. The first diamonds mined from the Ghaghoo mine in ancestral homeland of Africa's last hunting Bushmen have been on sale this week for Valentine's Day, according to Survival International (SI) investigators. And as far as Gem Diamonds is concerned, it seems the Bushmen might as well not exist: the company's 'Sustainable Development Framework ' and 'Corporate Social Investment Policy ' make no mention of their existence. Meanwhile, SI reports, "the tribe continues to face persecution by the Botswana government, which is intent on driving them from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve." Botswana's government has repeatedly denied that diamonds were the reason for the forced and illegal evicti...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2752722/bu...

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