Friday, November 23, 2012

The President's Visit to Melut

November 20th was a BIG day in Melut, South Sudan - the President of South Sudan: His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, paid us a visit.

It was a full day of parades, dancing, and for our pale family - many people crowding around us to stare at our strange faces!

The celebrating began the day before the President arrived and the party finally died down the 2nd day after he left! People showed up for the festivities as early as 7 am on Tuesday morning and after waiting expectantly in the hot sun all day, the President arrived around 4:30 pm.

Peopled were all decked out in their best. These shields are made of hippo hide!

I wore my special Dinka beads

Being a very hot day and since the celebration was held in a large open field, we had to be creative to find a shady place to sit and rest. Here the boys decided to crawl under a parked lorry/truck.

Sudanese mommas get creative with ways to hold their babies. This is a bathtub.

While we waited under a tree, Eli showed some children a few of his "magic" tricks. They loved it!

This picture shows that we attracted a crowd everywhere we went. :)

Isaac and his buddy Goich.

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