Doctors who examined the body of a suspected Namibian poacher found something disturbing. Tileni Mgundhi, Joel Konopo and Ntibinyane Ntibinyane examine the consequences of Botswana’s shoot to kill policy through the eyes and voices of the survivors and the families of the dead.
In the early morning, when the sun was nibbling at the Linyanti floodplain close to Singobeka, a sleepy Lozi village 90km south-west of Katima Mulilo, a Botswana Defence Force helicopter swooped on Stongo Island in the Linyanti River that divides northern Botswana and Namibia.
“I’m feeling pain. Four years after my son was brutally executed for alleged poaching activities I am still in pain. It’s a pain that will never end. It’s a pain that will surely lead to my death,” said Sicho Richard Nyambe.