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Title:How Many Refugees Were There? History and Population Change among the Herero and Mbanderu of Northwestern Botswana
Authors:Pennington, Renee
Harpending, Henry
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
demographic change
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
History and Exploration
Demographic analysis
Historical analysis
Herero (African people)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980852
Abstract:The authors describe the history and population dynamics of the two groups of Herero-speaking peoples in Ngamiland (northwestern Botswana), the Herero and Mbanderu. They present results of research based on interviews of over 700 individuals in 1987-1989. For simplicity 'Herero' is used to refer to both groups. The analysis shows that fertility has nearly tripled since the late 1950s, and life expectancy at birth has increased by about 15 years. A reconstruction of the 1906 Herero population suggests that the number of Herero who came to Botswana as refugees of the Herero-German War of 1904-1907 in Namibia has been significantly underestimated. Based on estimates of their numbers in the past, the projection indicates that there were 6,000 to 9,000 refugees. Notes, ref.