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    American diplomats have been given 14 cows by Kenyan Masai tribespeople in a gesture of sympathy following the 11 September attacks.

    I know that for the Masai people the cow is valued above all possessions and that the gift of a cow is the highest expression of regard and sympathy
    US embassy deputy head William Brancick
    The cattle - regarded as sacred by the Masai - were handed over to William Brancick, deputy head of the US embassy in Kenya in a remote village near the border with Tanzania.
    The ceremony was marked by tribespeople in traditional red robes and jewellery, some of whom carried banners saying "To the people of America, we give these cows to help you".
    It was arranged by Kimeli Naiyomah, a Kenyan-born man who was studying in New York at the time of the disaster.
    The embassy bombing devastated Kenyans


    For many of the Masai - who have no running water, electricity or telephones - his recollection to them of the events was the first time they had heard of the attacks in Washington and New York, which killed more than 3,000 people.
    Mr Naiyomah described the huge fires and the sight of people jumping from tall buildings. Most of his audience did not know what a skyscraper was.
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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    This is an old article, but I saw reference to the event on a facebook feed and thought it interesting.

    I'd like to follow up to see if the beads were in fact made into something and donated for the museum in NYC.

    What a wonderful gesture by these people.
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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    • #3
      Are the donated cows and their many children and grandchildren doing something unusual right now?
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
        Are the donated cows and their many children and grandchildren doing something unusual right now?
        I don't believe so. They are being cared for, in the village, by one of the village elders. They are marked by double bars on their ears, representing the world trade towers. They now are 40 in number.
        Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
        Robert Southwell, S.J.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
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          American diplomats have been given 14 cows by Kenyan Masai tribespeople in a gesture of sympathy following the 11 September attacks.

          I know that for the Masai people the cow is valued above all possessions and that the gift of a cow is the highest expression of regard and sympathy
          US embassy deputy head William Brancick
          The cattle - regarded as sacred by the Masai - were handed over to William Brancick, deputy head of the US embassy in Kenya in a remote village near the border with Tanzania.
          The ceremony was marked by tribespeople in traditional red robes and jewellery, some of whom carried banners saying "To the people of America, we give these cows to help you".
          It was arranged by Kimeli Naiyomah, a Kenyan-born man who was studying in New York at the time of the disaster.
          The embassy bombing devastated Kenyans


          For many of the Masai - who have no running water, electricity or telephones - his recollection to them of the events was the first time they had heard of the attacks in Washington and New York, which killed more than 3,000 people.
          Mr Naiyomah described the huge fires and the sight of people jumping from tall buildings. Most of his audience did not know what a skyscraper was.
          BS!! Every Masai has a cell phone. They are very organized, savy, and know how to "play the game".
          If it pays, it stays

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