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29 Oct 2008

Survival International

Bushmen and Survival force De Beers withdrawal from Kalahari reserve

Following pressure from Survival International, De Beers says it has stopped operations on the land of the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana because those it consulted, including Bushmen living inside the reserve, did not agree with its plan to explore for diamonds near a Bushman community...The company says it has no intention of carrying out any further activity there, and will not do so unless and until a sustainable, long-term management plan is agreed... Another diamond company, Gem Diamonds, is also prospecting inside the reserve...Bushmen have told Survival that until all those unlawfully evicted are allowed back on their land with access to water and hunting permits, they consider diamonds mined by Gem to be tainted. [we are inviting Gem Diamonds to respond]