SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
5 December 2006
Bushmen Renew Appeal To Dicaprio As Diamond Companies Move In
The Kalahari Bushmen have renewed their desperate appeal to Leonardo DiCaprio as diamond companies begin exploration on
DiCaprio's film Blood Diamond is to be released in the US on Friday 8 December. The Bushmen appealed to him in September
with an ad in Variety magazine. After learning about new diamond exploration on their land, they have written again
asking for his help to return to their land.
'We just learned that Botswana government gave out more of our land to a company called Petra Diamonds which is
exploring for diamonds right now. We are angry and upset about this. These are conflict diamonds because diamonds are
the root of our sorrow and pain. They caused us to be moved from the land of our ancestors. We say these diamonds are
killing us the Bushmen.
'We ask you to please, please help us. We think people will listen to you because you are famous and respected.'
The Bushmen have taken the Botswana government to court over the evictions. The Botswana High Court will rule on 13
Comments from over 400 Bushman adults, who together with their children number around
1,000 people, can be seen on their website http://www.iwant2gohome.org