Dispute Over ‘Bushmen’ Heats Up

The fight between De Beers and the nongovernmental organization Survival International has turned nasty—and could end up in the courts. Survival International is protesting the Botswana government's relocation of the Bushmen tribes from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The group claims they are being evicted to make room for De Beers diamond mines. De Beers denies this, saying that none of the sites are economical to mine and that building a mine does not require resettling native populations. In a recent speech, Botswanan President Festus Mogae reiterated this, saying any "assisted relocation of Basarwa from areas of the CKGR … was in no way related to any plan, real or fictitious, to commence diamond mining in the CKGR." Even so, in October, Survival International upped the ante, plastering a photo of a Bushman over the face of De Beers LV "style icon" Iman on the site of the
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