What is the Problem?

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What's the Problem?


Environmentalists recently pressured their government to eject the San from their only dedicated land in Botswana, a 32,000 square mile reserve specifically created for them in 1961 by the British leading up to Botswana's independence in 1966.

Worse, they have lost their land outside the reserves to environmentally destructive cattle. This is encouraged by the World Bank but especially by the European Union (EU) through their 'sweetheart' beef contract with Botswana. Texas-sized Botswana is 80% 'desert' and unfit for domestic cattle. Yet it has one of the highest ratios of cattle per capita in the world. The recently arrived Tswana who now rule the country are historically cattle herders. Bride prices in Botswana are in head of cattle, not the local currency. Unfortunately it is a only few high government officials who line their pockets from the beef subsidies.

 

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Draped Game Skin Kaross Carries
Gnu Tail Trademark As Clan Gathers 'Veld' Food.

 

   
           
San Find Life Sustaning Tasana Melons
Only Far Removed From Destructive Cattle Areas.
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But then comes the final 'nail-to-the-coffin'. To protect the beef they don't need (Europe exports its surplus of beef then again) from the possibility of importing to Europe the wild game's hoof-and-mouth disease, the EU insists on the installation of hundreds of kilometers of cordon fences that kill tens of thousands of migrating wild animals, especially when driven by the all too frequent Kalahari droughts.

Botswana's wildebeast (Gnu) population is estimated to have declined from 500,000 to only 3,000 in recent years due to the cardon fences. Greenpeace has labeled all this the 'Financing of Ecological Destruction'. If there is not a drastic change, the world faces a dust bowl Kalahari, strewn with the bleaching bones of the recently introduced cattle, of the displaced wild game that survived there for eons, and of the San themselves, mankind's oldest living legacy.

     
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The Clans 'Supermarket' Is The Wide Open Bush.

 

     
Please note that SAVESAN's thrust is in Botswana where the problem is most acute. The scope of SAVESAN's 'action' does however include Namibian, South-African and all other San.
   

 

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ECOTERRA International is a worldwide organisation supporting Indigenous Peoples. It stands for their right to decide their own future and helps them protect their lives, lands and human rights. ECOTERRA is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1968, which receives no funds from any national government.
 

 

We are also working with other groups to raise funds to repossess, lease or secure ancestral lands in southern Africa, where communities of San can redefine their traditional way of life. Please join us!