African communities that have fought corporations and governments for their land and won

Nduta Waweru Oct 26, 2018 at 06:04am

October 26, 2018 at 06:04 am | News

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

October 26, 2018 at 06:04 am | News

Botswana Bushmen

In 2006, a court ruled in favour of the Botswana Bushmen after four years of legal battle. The group had gone to court after being denied the right to hold on to their ancestral lands and to hunt game in one of Africa’s biggest nature reserves.

The community had lived in Central Kalahari  nature reserve, where they hunted and gathered as a way of life.  The community was not only evicted but also faced food rations, something their lawyer said was tantamount to starving them.

The judge, Unity Dow, stated that the government had failed to consider the way of life of the community when it evicted them.  She ruled that the San, also known as the Basarwa should return to the game reserve.

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