Obscured by the bribery and corruption headlines surrounding Africa’s biggest civil engineering project – the construction of the Katse and Mohale dams in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project – has been the sorry fate of an indigenous people. The mountainous Lesotho Highlands in Southern Africa are home to the Basotho, whose way of life has been if not rich, at least well adapted to a harsh environment. ‘Nature be Dammed’ is an intimate portrayal of a people whose world is not just about to be turned upside-down but irrevocably destroyed by the rising water. The irony is that South Africa, Lesotho’s giant neighbour, may not need the water and energy the dams were built to provide.
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