Society & Culture

Mundari Tribe: Special Relationship with Cows


Sudan Events

The Mundari tribe is a small ethnic group from the Republic of South Sudan, numbering between 70,000 and 100,000 people. South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011 after a 21-year civil war.  During the war, Mundari militias organised themselves into commando units under the leadership of the present governor of the Central Equatoria State. They fought in Eastern Equatoria, Eastern Sudan, and Darfur.

Their lands are bounded on the east by the White Nile, an important source of water for livestock.

They live in symbiosis with their cattle and nothing is more important for them than their cows. As our local guide put it, offer money to a Mundari and he will tell you “take your money, go back and buy and bring me a cow instead”.

In the Mundari cattle camps, kids are doing most of the daily work. Kids collect the fresh cow dung and put it into piles which are then set on fire

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