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Botswana: Vestiges of Water

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Botswana's Diamond-Cattle-Water Paradox
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After diamonds were discovered 50 years ago, Botswana transformed itself from one the poorest...

Shaikerawe, a San village in the northwest corner of Botswana, is home to about 500 people, the population requirement necessary to be considered formally "gazetted" under Botswana's National Settlement Policy.

Theoretically, Shaikerawe is entitled to government provisions such as running water, which it desperately needs. However, the village is caught in limbo: local officials say it is a risk to hook up piping because of the village's fluctuating size while village leaders say that people move out precisely because of the lack of water.

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