A 14-village, two-bull picnic Posted on February 19, 2013 by Lisa Here’s a slide show of our gift to the villages surrounding the Rhumathoi Community Center: two bulls and the feasting that followed. I had some of the beef. It was fantastic. So was the honor. When Ron left Rhumathoi, he announced that we were buying two bulls for a thank-you community feast. One morning during teacher training, all the students are looking out the window. . The bulls are being slaughtered. Class was recessed. When an animal is slaughtered for feasting, the Americans can barely look, but the South Sudanese make a point to document this important event. As the bulls were butchered, women prepared honorific scarves. All our women's-literacy teachers got honorific scarves. I was honored to get a scarf, too. Yel Maduok Ngor, our community-center manager, got money on his scarf! Then the meat was divided up. Each family group cooked its own share. Groups were spread all around the compound. The first to be served food in the community was a blind man and his guide. The second were the war veterans, including this soldier who gave his leg to his new country. There was no large organized group of singing and dancing, but small groups would break out under various trees. it was a wonderful, fascinating day.