Countries Separated By Walls And Fences:Botswana and Zimbabwe - Electric Fence

At the beginning of the 21st Century, Botswana began to build a 300 mile long electrified fence across its border with Zimbabwe. The Botswana authorities said the fence was erected in order to tackle the problem of diseased cattle crossing over from Zimbabwe into Botswana and also to deter illegal immigrants from entering the country. Much of Botswana’s economy relies heavily on their beef export business and it was hoped the fence would help protect their cattle against any further outbreaks of foot and mouth disease. The fence was not popular with many Zimbabweans though, with many people pulling down sections of the fence in protest.