Acholi people are almost exclusively cattle herders. Being rich for a man meant primarily having many cattle as well as MANY WIVES.
Northern Uganda suffered a systematic loss of cattle in the late 80’s. Almost the entire stock of Acholi wealth (250,000 cattle) were taken by LRA rebels.
Restoring lost animal husbandry skills and restocking livestock are central to rebuilding local livelihoods.
This picture was taken by one of my students, Catherine Lunyolo.
The man in the picture is Oulle. He doesn’t actually own any of his own cattle, but grazes other people’s cattle for money.
Rehabilitation of Livestock markets are on the increase in Kitgum and Pader districts, The opening of markets in neighboring Sudan has greatly boosted cattle trade, and Kitgum District in particular has experienced a boom in its cattle population.