Extermination of the Bushmen

Africa's Bushmen face lifestyle threat

Posted Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:39am AEST

The Sans Bushmen are now threatened by the 21st Century curses of unemployment, poverty, alcohol abuse and HIV-AIDS. (Reuters: Siphiwe Sibeko )

They roamed the savannahs and open plains forthousands of years, but the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of southernAfrica's San tribes is slowly being squeezed towards extinction.

After clashing at the start of the last century with German settlersin modern-day Namibia and then being exploited by South Africa'sapartheid regime in the 1980s, the San, also known as Bushmen, are nowthreatened by the 21st Century curses of unemployment, poverty, alcoholabuse