"Like Money in the Bank"
"Vaccinate our cattle and then you can vaccinate our children. If our cattle die, then our children will die anyway." In the early 1990s villagers in southern Sudan resisted a UNICEF child vaccination programme until their livestock were vaccinated against rinderpest. Cattle are the backbone of many African countries. Their meat and milk feed populations. Their manure is sold, and oxen and buffalo (also victims of rinderpest) pull the ploughs needed to plant and harvest crops. Cattle are also an important source of pride and social standing -- they represent "money in the bank," as one farmer put it. "As a cattle raiser you are not rich but you can feed your family."