Nine months after 9/11, an American diplomat visits a small Kenyan village. He was there to accept a gift from the Masai people to America. The gift? 14 cows.
I understand you may be thinking that this is completely insignificant, but to the villagers, cows hold a very special meaning. Milk, beef and the occasional serving of cow’s blood are the cornerstones of their diet.
A person’s wealth can be measured by the amount of cows they own, and cows are a major part of their religion. Because of their major significance, the gift had a major impact when announced and hit headlines worldwide.
The cows still live in Kenya and have since bred and became 35. They are tended to by one of the village elders and live amongst his herd. The American cows are distinguished from the others by an earmark of two bars, representing the twin towers.
This story of compassion crossing cultures has since been turned into a children’s book, ‘14 Cows For America’. The book is popular with parents wanting to teach their children about 9/11 without upsetting them with the death and disaster.