National Geographic : 2010 Nov
see him Sunday morning. "Big man!" they called. "I am not the big man," he said, laughing. Simon could have stayed in Uganda or gone to Kenya. Like the famous Lost Boys, he could have emigrated to America, where he could have made a better living. Why not go to the U.S.? He smiled and, as is his habit, made a small clicking sound by pulling his tongue back from the gap in his grin. "No," he said. As a child, Logocho had le behind the pas- toral tradition. He had come of age in the chaos and pain of war, and then, when he became Simon, he had used his faith to reach an in uen- tial American who o ered him and his country support. His history was the history of southern Sudan, and his purpose its people. "No," he said. " is is my place." j e connection between a Dinka man and his cow is profound; it is part of his personal identity. e matter of a southern Sudanese national identity is on the table as leaders prepare for next year's referendum on independence, when they hope to persuade Dinka, Nuer, and other feuding tribes to unify.