NGO Attacks Industry Over Bushmen

Another human rights group is taking swipes at the diamond industry, this time charging that diamond reserves are uprooting the Bushmen of Botswana. Survival International, which describes itself as "a worldwide organization supporting tribal people," has run ads about the forced removal of the Bushmen in newspapers in Canada, Australia, and Britain. A p.r. campaign has led to publicity on National Public Radio and in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Christian Science Monitor. At issue is the fate of the Gani and Gwi Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, whom the Botswanan government recently resettled. The government says this will improve their health care and living arrangements. But Survival International says the government just wants a crack at their diamond reserves. The ads make this connection explicit: One is headlined, "Botswana Diamonds, Bushman Despair." "Ther
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