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In pictures: Botswana's bushmen

Botswana's San woman celebrates after hearing the final verdict in Lobatse, Botswana

Botswana's San people, known as bushmen, have won the legal fight against their eviction from a game reserve in the Kalahari, their ancestral homeland for more than 20,000 years.

Bushmen pack the courtroom in Lobatse to hear the verdict of one of the three judges in the case

It was a tense wait in the courtroom, before a panel of three judges ruled by two-to-one in the bushmen's favour.

Bushmen leader Roy Sesana at the High Court in Lobatse, Botswana

Their leader and the principal applicant in the case, Roy Sesana, was also in court to hear the ruling.

Old man in bushmen settlement  (file picture)

In 2002, the bushmen were moved to functional, but bleak settlements outside the reserve, where a new way of life was imposed.

Boys in bushmen settlement  (file picture)

The government says they are better off there, with access to clinics, schools, food and water, and no longer interfere with conservation work.

Women in bushmen settlement (file picture)

But the bushmen say they have to rely on government handouts, have little freedom and nothing to do.

San people (file picture: Survival International)

The San are traditional hunter-gatherers, but were driven from their hunting grounds in the central Kalahari game reserve in 2002.

San people (file picture: Survival International)

They were fighting to preserve their way of life.


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