n Conflict Trends - Etsha basket weavers fully integrated : Angolan refugees in Botswana : case study

Volume 2005, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Tourists visiting Botswana invariably buy some of the colourful baskets on offer in crafts shops to take home as souvenirs. Little do they know that these baskets are the material proof of one of the most successful refugee integration stories in Southern Africa. The baskets are made by women whose parents and grandparents came to the country as refugees from Angola. The women brought with them their traditional basket weaving skills and picked up the dying techniques and integrated them with the colourful patterns from Botswana's culture.

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