National Geographic : 2010 Nov
have a dowry. "If I am alive, you will not get married soon, because you do not like cows." A sister of Logocho's died of malaria. Another died of dysentery. A disease swept through the cattle---the doom foreseen by the magician, the villagers thought. Then his father died. With the cattle and her husband gone, Logocho's mother despaired. How could she feed her chil- dren? She sent Logocho to live with his uncle, who was many miles away and who marveled at the strange child thrust upon him. Who was this useless boy, unable to drive a herd of goats, much less cattle? e uncle yelled and threatened and raged, and Logocho shrank from him in fear. en something remarkable happened. e second civil war had begun, and the SPLA had stopped the great canal-digging machine. One day an SPLA soldier came to Logocho's camp e newly welded framework for a shop takes to the road in Bentiu. e town sits amid the oil elds of Unity State, governed by the south since the end of the civil war. Without a pipeline of its own, the south must send its oil through a northern pipeline to a port on the Red Sea, bound mainly for China.