While the Botswana government has been denying the Kalahari Bushmen tribe access to their own water, they have been encouraging Wilderness Safaris to opened a luxury tourist lodge on their land, complete with bar and swimming pool. The Bushmen have not been consulted.
The Bushmen are the indigenous people of southern Africa and have lived there for tens of thousands of years. But the government has waged a campaign to evict them from their ancestral lands, stopped them from hunting and cut off their water supply. Now the government wants tourists to visit.
The Botswana government finally responded to over 20,000 signatures from concerned Care2 members, the efforts of Survival International and the Bushman Tribe and has granted the Bushman access to the borehole to get water for their village.
This success is a first step for the Bushman Tribe. Though the Bushman Tribe now has access to water on their land, Wilderness Safaris still plans to build a huge resort without getting permission from tribe members. If you believe Wilderness Safaris needs to receive permission from the Bushman Tribe before they build on the tribes land you can sign this petition to help.
Getting water rights is a great success, but we need to continue to work towards getting the Bushman Tribe the respect they deserve.
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