South Sudan

South Sudan in Black & White. See some color pictures in my travel blog.

The Mundari, also referred to as Mandari, are a small ethnic group and one of the Nilotic peoples, living north of the capital of Juba, South Sudan. Like other Nilotic tribes, they are very cattle-oriented and treasure their cattle more than anything else and are said to sleep close to their most prized cow. Their cattle serves as food, a form of currency and a mark of status. I found living with the tribe for three days an exceptional experience.

The cattle are treated like members of the family and are well looked after. Ash from burnt cow dung is applied not only to the Mundari themselves, but also on their cattle as it acts as a natural antiseptic, mosquito repellent and provides protection for the skin from the scorching sun.

The Mundari farm a breed of domestic cattle called Ankole-Watusi, which is characterised by very large, curved horns, and is also known as “the cattle of kings”. These cows grow up to eight feet tall, and are worth as much as $500 each.