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Title: Is Botswana creating a new gaza strip? An analysis of the ‘fence discourse’
Authors: Kopinski, Dominik
Polus, Andrzej
Keywords: Botswana
Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Issue Date: 6-Feb-2013
Abstract: In 2003 the government of Botswana announced plans to construct an electric fence, officially to stop the spread of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) among livestock. From 2001 to 2003 Botswana witnessed two epidemics of FMD, which heavily affected its cattle industry and caused resentment among local communities. In both cases the source was traced to Zimbabwe. The epidemics coincided with growing tensions between Botswana and Zimbabwe. Due to the unrest in Zimbabwe, many of its citizens have chosen to emigrate to Botswana, whose economic success and political stability are viewed as a positive example across the continent. Thousands of illegal Zimbabwean migrants have begun flocking into the country, shifting the fence discourse beyond what the government initially presented as strictly phytosanitary concerns. Therefore, we argue that the fence has many parallel meanings, and the decisions concerning its erection, maintenance and possible electrification not only remain ambiguous, but also touch upon a wide range of other issues concerning the economy and wildlife.
ISBN: 978-972-8335-22-9
Appears in Collections:CEI-CLN – Autoria de capítulos de livros nacionais

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