NAMIBIA SNAPSHOTS - (Namibia - Roy's Rest Camp - Bushman)

by Antonio Gil February. 04, 2014 5417 views

THE BUSHMAN’S PLIGHT
by JeanlBouwer


Harsh, desert scenery
Haven, from lush misery
Forced by Impi, so greedily
This, our new sanctuary

Glitter, in desert sand
The cause, of moonlike land
No more men, with bow in hand
No more happy feet, stamping sand

Scenery, violated by man and machine
A hole, were last buck was seen
Spiritual pickings, now so lean
White man’s god, o so mean

Before white man’s god, we now bow
We ask the spirits, “How can you allow”
Is this, the final raw?
Are we, disappearing now?

After a visit to Jwaneng, a diamond mining settlement of De Beers in Botswana, I was impelled to write this poem to revolt against the injustices being committed against the Bushmen in Botswana. The Bushman are forcibly being removed from there desert land to make place for diamond mining activities.

♫♫ BOTSWANA MUSIC - KALAHARI DESERT SAN BUSHMEN - “SEJWALEJWALE”♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Honeybee 6 years, 1 month ago

You capured these faces with their expressions well! I enjoyed reading your caption as well. Thanks for sharing these. Have a great deal of empathy for these people. Out of Africa (the movie) touched on this.

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Francesc 6 years, 1 month ago

Very interesting set and post

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Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 6 years, 1 month ago

Amazing expressions in those faces...strong post Antonio

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Larry Sample 6 years, 1 month ago

Great post! Humans never cease to let me down!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Miclaud 6 years, 1 month ago

Great!!!!

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Marsha 6 years, 1 month ago

Such very interesting art - thanks for sharing this. So sad that their way of life seems to be ending - always something like this has to do with money and greed...

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 1 month ago

Amazing artwork..they must have been of real people. So even the bush man's life is being invaded by the hunger for mining and money..that's what happens in this world.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Teo Montana 6 years, 1 month ago

Some really great artwork,love the added background in #1,the poem,music,makes for a really great post Antonio!!!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 6 years, 1 month ago

Amazing faces.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Unreal 6 years, 1 month ago

Old feelings are present on these faces...

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 1 month ago

ces visages sont d'une beauté émouvante... Et le poème est une splendeur. L'Occident devrait faire un mea culpa pour les exactions qu'il a commises au nom de son enrichissement..

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Dunja 6 years, 1 month ago

Sculptures magnifiques, témoignage puissant et spectaculaire!

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Stormfish 6 years, 1 month ago

very expressive statues. love these faces. :-)

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Kenny H 6 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Dan. You captured the expressions perfectly. By the way...as Anna mentioned, the film "The Gods Must Be Crazy" is one interesting and sometimes humorous film.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 6 years, 1 month ago

the eyes on these sculptures are so expressive.... well captured.

6 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ann Garratty 6 years, 1 month ago

A very poignant poem. Did you ever see the movie 'The Gods must be crazy' you should see it, it is an excellent story about a bushman battling to come to terms with the modern world. I love the statue you have photographed in No 4...

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 1 month ago

It was ever thus - same in Australia with the Aborigines.
What you see is what you get - that's why we must follow our bliss.

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Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 1 month ago

So many injustices have been committed by us Europeans, I am sometimes surprised that some countries allow us to enter their lands (again) We have pillaged and plundered and destroyed ancient cultures, and yet we now sit smugly and contentedly and tell refugees and migrant workers that they are not welcome in our country. Our history is an embarrassment to me.
You have got me going now Antonio!

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