Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Where do you find the Bushmen Today?

Small communities of Bushmen are widely distributed in Southern Angola, Namibia and Botswana. The natural geographical migration of people, government policies, globalisation and modern society had a huge impact on their traditional way of living. Very few of them still live like they used to live. The majority of them are confined to settlements that had forced them to adapt to a way of living that they are not accustomed to, and that they do not particularly like. This unfortunately has led to various social problems in Bushmen communities. The Bushmen today are still marginalised and more than often looked upon as “intruders” by other ethnic groups sharing communities with them.

More or less 100 000 San, belonging to more than 13 different language groups, continue to live in the Southern African region.  The majority of them are in Botswana and Namibia, whose populations number 46 000 and 38 000 respectively.  In Angola there are 7000 San and in South Africa there are 6000. Zambia and Zimbabwe also contain small San communities numbering just a few hundred.

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