xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Dec 23 02:15 AM
Dec 23, 2008: African Tribal War
Looking through Boston.Com's "The Year 2008 in Photographs", like all year end collections, evoked memories of things that have been pushed into the background by more recent events. But, when I saw this picture I had no recollection of ever hearing about it.
Beestie Tuesday Dec 23 04:59 AM
Warriors? Allrighty then.
SPUCK Tuesday Dec 23 06:01 AM
Yeah color problems.. Bloods and Crips everywhere!!
Sundae Tuesday Dec 23 07:26 AM
There was a lot of trouble in Kenya this year, a lot of it sparked off by the election. Of course it was along tribal lines, so it doesn't take much to get things going.
sweetwater Tuesday Dec 23 09:34 AM
At first glance I thought it was a Guinness record attempt for simultaneous golfing. Guess not! Imagine, though, the relative quietness of a conflict resolved with bows and arrows. You could hear the agonized screams of your enemy & comrades when an arrow pierced flesh.
Gravdigr Tuesday Dec 23 09:50 AM
Old & Busted: Aluminum arrows.
New Hotness: Arrows made from carbon nanotubes.
floatingk Tuesday Dec 23 01:56 PM
Diaphone Jim Tuesday Dec 23 07:50 PM
Somehow the word that seems to go with this image is civilized.
TheMercenary Tuesday Dec 23 08:14 PM
Time for someone to make some cash giving one side repeating rifles and the other wiskey.
richlevy Tuesday Dec 23 09:41 PM
Why doesn't one side just grab a bunch of machetes and go after the guys with bows and arrows? One of the reasons archers stood behind infantry was because once enemy got in close the bow and arrow were useless.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Dec 24 12:21 AM
Great idea, you go first.
Wombat Wednesday Dec 24 06:29 AM
I worked in a hospital in rural Kenya for a while in 1994 (Maua if you're interested). One day we had several dozen people come in with arrow wounds, because a couple of tribes a few miles down the hill had a battle over some land. One tribe got pretty much wiped out: the wounded we saw were the lucky ones, all the rest of their tribe had died because most of the arrows used were poisoned: the only survivors were the few that had been hit by un-poisoned arrows. This didn't even make Kenyan news, let alone international news. Shit like this goes on all the time but you won't hear about it. Something to think about as you tuck into your Christmas roast in your safe warm house.
Gravdigr Wednesday Dec 24 12:16 PM
Tick Thursday Dec 25 12:51 AM
About those bright colors. Africa had a thriving textile industry. It died when the USA started sending cargo ships loaded with tons of used clothing pressed into bales. The intent was good. The result: Not so much.
onetrack Friday Dec 26 01:11 AM
This is America, 2012, after the Democrats take all your guns off you, and repeal the Second Amendment ..
Griff Friday Dec 26 08:35 AM
Nah, the Democrats make laws, they don't enforce them.
Gravdigr Wednesday Dec 31 02:39 PM
Shawnee123 Wednesday Dec 31 02:46 PM
Good, he's dead now...let's go take his gun.
TheMercenary Friday Jan 2 08:34 AM
Gravdigr Saturday Jan 3 05:19 PM
DanaC Saturday Jan 3 05:24 PM
dar512 Monday Jan 5 09:54 AM
At first glance it looked like a cross between golf and ultimate frisbee.
Sundae Monday Jan 5 10:47 AM
(very obscure quote)
Shawnee123 Monday Jan 5 10:58 AM
To some, he is (was) but without the immortality thing.
Gravdigr Monday Jan 5 05:31 PM
He was Moses though, wasn't he?
Shawnee123 Tuesday Jan 6 08:38 AM
He made the mistake of telling god he would have to pry those slates from his cold dead hands. God was pissed!