Indigenous Namibians fight for ancestral land in national park

April 2020
Thomson Reuters Foundation (Kim Harrisberg)

In a pioneering legal case, which began more than 10 years ago, the indigenous Hai//om are suing the Namibian government to have their ancestral land rights recognised. Thousands of Hai//om have been resettled several times. But the government is not supportive of labelling the park as anyone’s ancestral land. The lawsuit was meant to be the first step in getting the government to acknowledge that Etosha park was Hai//om ancestral land and for the group to be included in the decision making and financial gains the park brings to the country’s economy. The case was dismissed but there is an appeal.