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Title:Human rights and NGO 'wrongs': conflict diamonds, culture wars and the 'Bushman question'
Author:Solway, JacquelineISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:79
Issue:3
Pages:321-346
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:San
resettlement
NGO
Links:https://doi.org/10.3366/E0001972009000849
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v079/79.3.solway.pdf
Abstract:This article examines the struggle surrounding the relocations of Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) in Botswana. Despite a High Court decision of December 2006 allowing the Bushmen to return, the 'war of words' continues and the Bushmen's circumstances remain inconclusive. Although the High Court judges disagreed on several points, they were unanimous in their exoneration of the role of diamonds in the CKGR relocations. Here they were responding to an aggressive international campaign by the British-based NGO Survival International to link the relocations to diamond mining and therefore tarnish Botswana's diamonds as 'blood' or 'conflict' diamonds. The article analyses and compares the actions of transnational and local NGOs and the Botswana State in addressing the 'Bushman question' and considers the impacts of the various strategies and images deployed. The clash between essentialized views of pristine hunter-gatherers and images of Bushmen as modern citizens in the making has contributed to the problematic outcome thus far. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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