Survival International press release:
Judges in Botswana's High Court will rule on 13 December on the landmark case brought by the Kalahari Bushmen against the Botswana government.
The court will be open to journalists and members of the public. The Bushmen are fighting for their right to live on their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and to hunt and gather freely there. They filed the case after the Botswana government evicted them from their land in 2002.
Bushman woman Sellalefatse Gaexhoro says, 'We are feeling it in our hearts, waiting for the court case to resume, and if we win it we can go back.'
The ruling will come only days after the US launch of the film, 'Blood Diamond'. The Bushmen have appealed to Leonardo DiCaprio, star of the film, by placing a full-page advert in Variety magazine asking him to help them. 'After diamonds were found on our land we were evicted by the Botswana government', said the letter.
I Want to Go Home - new web site of the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana.