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posted Mar 7, 2010, 9:18 PM by Big Fudge
What does the African proverb at the beginning of the book, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled” mean to you?

Well when I first read this quote, as with many of my fellow classmates, the meaning was pretty clear. When two powerful forces are fighting each other, it’s the people that surround them that are going to be hurt the most. I was watching this movie yesterday called, The Crazies”, as the title says, it was pretty crazy. It is about a biochemical disease that is spreading through this farming towns water supply and making the towns people go insane and start killing people. Not caring if they were relatives or friends, if you were seen, you were an open target. The governments way of dealing with the issue was, if you were a resident of the town, didn’t matter if you were infected or not, you were going to die by a bullet to the head or burned alive. The two elephants in the story would be the infected and the government, and the grass would be the non-infected people just trying to stay alive. In the chapter “Play Dead”, Alepho wrote about an attack near Kidepo and what it was like seeing the people that was affected. “Then one day, we heard heavy bombing coming from the north. The government was attacking Kapoeta, fifty miles away. On the fourth day the survivors of the Kapoeta attack arrived hungry, thirsty and weak. There were so many. They came with broken legs, arms and even dead children on the backs of women. It was unimaginable. I almost choked.”(170)