Africa:
Indigenous Minority Communities Want Rights

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LILONGWE - Representatives of people of Khoisan descent say that their attendance at the 33rd Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government was aimed at drumming up support for regional help in dealing with poverty, loss of identity and stigmatisation.
 
They say Southern Africa should develop a regional programme to accommodate indigenous minority communities facing social challenges.

Secretary of the South African San Council, Collin Louw, says indigenous minority communities lack recognition which is why their voices are missing at regional platforms.

Some of the issues they would like addressed include indigenous knowledge systems, language rights and the impact of climate change on their communities. (END//2013)

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