29 Mar 2020

 

East African Locusts Meet Unexpected Fate In South Sudan

"While confined along the Acholi corridor, the locusts are reportedly consuming whatever vegetation in their sight, including virus-infected raw pawpaws, the game is turning out to be that of the terminator being terminated. Ayiwala!"

Victor Lugala reports:

The pestilence which has come upon us in the form of locust invasion, bad as it is, has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. You know our impulsive ingenuity!

This manipulated twist in the landmark story of the decade is indicative of the South Sudanese spirit of resilience, often characterised by turning tragedy into a boon.

Swept by the easterly winds, the 'drones' seem to be confined to the Acholi corridor - around Magwi, and locals monitoring the phenomenon, say an advance swarm has reached Aru Junction.

While confined along the Acholi corridor, the locusts are reportedly consuming whatever vegetation in their sight, including virus-infected raw pawpaws, the game is turning out to be that of the terminator being terminated. Ayiwala!

Locals may call it manna from the sky. They are harvesting the insects en masse, and with the dry season heat, the natural oven is conducive for drying the bumper harvest.

Bags of these have hit the Magwi Corner of Soukh Custom in Juba, where on a fine day, a housewife on a shoestring kitchen budget could sample some of the delicacy, plus some raw cassava, and a meal for the day is assured.

Come to think of it, and what a deja vu for old folks. Since we are typical Africans and we love to assign names to new-born babies based on such a rare phenomenon, babies born in Acholiland during a locust invasion will be named Obonyo (male) or Abonyo (female).

In the future if these children wont know when they were born local historians will be summoned to recall the facts: dry season 2020, and dear old Google will confirm the details (including this postcard).

Elsewhere in South Sudan's Central Equatoria, some people who were born during earlier locust invasions carry names such as Lumayat (male) and Mayat or Maya (female).
 

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27/02/2020, 3:44 PM
 - Posted by Amba Faustine
The locusts were a big tragedy seen in east Africa and now in South Sudan. Our prayers only will contain this disaster coming on top of what had already traumatized the communities in South Sudan. With all the distractions it coursed on food crops in Kenya, Uganda and now in South Sudan Magwi area, nothing amusing shall we lough at. It should not be a character to smile at a suffering brother than sympathizing on the situation they got themselves in by nature.
27/02/2020, 3:58 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
You have a point; but they will be eaten all the same. No amount of morbid expressions will help Amba Fausttine.
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