Baroness Tonge called the Bushmen 'stone age' and 'primitive' in a House of Lords debate earlier this month, and claimed the Botswana government had evicted them to provide them with 'education and development'. Lord St John of Bletso added, 'Many of the Bushmen have objected, but I take the view that it has been in the best interests of many of the Bushmen.'
The catastrophic health implications of removing tribal peoples from their land are well documented. Among the Innu of northern Canada, who were moved by the government in the 1960s, the suicide rate is at least twelve times the national average. Over 50% of Innu have diabetes. Both suicide and diabetes were unknown before the Innu lost their land.