National Geographic : 1924 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE .It~- l "I: r c" n rl L~~"? : L1 i' ~-" * I( it" FOUR GENERATIONS OF MEN OF DARFUR was told off to guard Ali Dinar's camels. One of them unfortunately broke its hob bles, strayed away, and could not be found at the moment of departure. The Sultan ordered me before him and his son Zakariah, and had me beaten with a heavy pole-back, chest and legs." Two years after, by my side stood the victim-a hopeless invalid for life. A son had lost his inheritance, but a people were delivered from bondage. The army's work in Eastern Darfur being completed, the small detachment of Sudanese soldiers left for other fields. To bring them good luck, thirty pias ters, about $1.50, were donated by Eu- rope's only representative to purchase a sheep. As the order to march was given, the "lucky" animal was dragged into the gateway of the zereba, a knife flashed out, the jugular vein was severed, and the men, from column of fours formed two deep, then single-filed, and each stepped carefully, happily, proudly, over the dying, pulsating body. A job well done, the men stood ready to bring honor to their regiment in other theaters of action, or else to dwell awhile with their families and recount their deeds of 1916. Martial law had ceased; civil adminis tration reigned in its stead.