National Geographic : 2010 Nov
incisor splintered, and blood lled the moaning Logocho's mouth. e specialist reset the blade and---crack!---shattered the other middle tooth. Now you look like a Murle. In the next few months, chaos would de- scend on both Logocho and his homeland. A magician in the village would pronounce his family doomed. Across southern Sudan, the fury of generations would erupt in 1983 in a war both horri c and invisible to the outside world. During the next two decades more than four million southerners would ee their vil- lages into the hinterlands, northern cities, and neighboring countries. Two million would die. Logocho's life--- eeing, warring, searching for purpose---would share a trajectory with southern Sudan itself. But on this day, the boy's father released him and walked away with the e trademark hat worn by Salva Kiir, president of semiautonomous southern Sudan, was a gi from President George W. Bush during a summit. A former battle- eld commander who has led the south since 2005, Kiir will guide his country through a referendum next year, when a vote for full independence is expected.