Facing up to a shameful history, this book celebrates the culture and courage of the first people of Africa, the Bushmen, who, over the past 200 years, have been dispossessed and almost exterminated. In Botswana - miraculously saved by the Mandela government - they are now making their last stand.
Bushmen were hunting and gathering, painting and mining copper, thousands of years ago. They were the first people of Africa. Deadly shots with their bows and arrows, they were, in their heyday, Lords of the Desert. They fought extremely bravely for their land, and lost. Today, they have been reduced to an underclass dispossessed, despised and degraded. Just in time one is tempted to say, miraculously the Mandela government saved them from extermination in South Aftica. Now, in Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve, set adise specially for them by the British in 1961, they are making their last stand, refusing to be evicted in order to benefit mining and tourism. Sandy Gall, who is best known for his reporting of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, has taken up the cause of the Bushmen. His interest in their plight dates back to the 1950s and 1960s when we was working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters; in 1999 he visited the Central Kalahari with his daughter Michaela. His book celebrates the culture of these unique people, many of whom have an almost mystical bond with animals. He portrayed many fascinating indivuals who have been involved, for good or ill, in
Sandy Gall was born in Malaya in 1927, educated in Scotland, and in 1953 joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent in Germany, East Africa, Hungary and South Africa. In 1963, he moved to ITN, where he co-presented News at Ten, and reported wars in the Middle East, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Gulf. He has made numerous documentaries, and written several books. He is married, has four children, and lives in Kent. He was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal by the Prince of Wales in 1987, and the CBE in 1988.
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