Survival leaflets Christie's as De Beers jewellery is auctioned

June 27, 2006

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Survival supporters handed out leaflets about the eviction of the Kalahari Bushmen outside Christie's in Paris on 27 June as De Beers diamond jewellery was auctioned inside.

De Beers has launched an initiative with six French actresses, who have designed pieces of diamond jewellery to be auctioned in aid of their chosen charities.

Survival has written to the actresses, Caterina Murino, Clotilde Coureau, Emilie Dequenne, Judith Godrèche, Marion Cotillard and Mélanie Doutey, alerting them to the plight of the Bushmen. The Botswana government has evicted the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve – land on which De Beers is exploring for diamonds.

Survival supporters spoke to Caterina Murino outside the auction about the Bushmen.