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November 12, 2005

Bushman found dead in reserve

The latest victim of the Botswana government's eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen died last week in the Central Kalahari. Qoroxloo Duxee is thought to have starved to death after wildlife scouts blockaded the reserve and stopped the Bushmen gathering food.

Qoroxloo Duxee told the BBC in June:
When I was young the men hunted and we got our water from the roots of plants. We lived well and people only died of old age.'

She died near the community of Metsiamenong, where Bushmen continue to resist efforts to force them out. The Bushman organisation First People of the Kalahari (FPK) said in a press release on Monday that she died of hunger and thirst as wildlife scouts would not let her gather food, or that the scouts killed her.'

Bushmen evicted from the reserve in recent weeks say that wildlife scouts threatened to kill them if they tried to hunt or gather food. Police fired teargas and bullets at Bushmen who tried to take food and water into the reserve in September, and then arrested them.

Find out more about Survival International's ongoing struggle to save the Botswana Bushmen by campaigning against the government and influential diamond miners De Beers.

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