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13 December 2006

Botswana Celebrates Diversity!

Literally - as in people are different and let them be different. The Botswana high court has ruled that the Kalahari Bushmen, also known as the San (it's hard to keep up with which term is politically incorrect), have the right to return to their Kalahari desert homeland to live their traditional hunter-gatherer lives.

The bushmen are an ancient people, representing what may be the most ancient lineage on the planet. They look different than the dominant Bantu-speaking population on the continent and they speak an ancient click language (here's a YouTube sample of Xhosa, a Bantu language with borrowed clicks). It would be a terrible shame if these people's contribution to humanity's diversity were lost, so good for the Botswana high court in protecting them.


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