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Two tikitts enclosed by a zariba in Mhaïreth
Soldiers (centre) standing behind a zariba which protects a village in Africa during the time of Henry Morton Stanley's Emin Pasha Relief Expedition in 1890[1]

A zariba[2] (from Arabic: زَرِيْـبَـة, romanizedzarībah, lit.'cattle-pen') is a fence which is made of thorns. Historically, it was used to defend settlements[1][3] or property against perpetrators in Sudan and neighbouring places in Africa. An example would be as a pen to protect cattle and other livestock from predators such as lions, albeit often unsuccessfully.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Kelsey, D. M. (1890). "XXVI:Stanley rescues Emin Pasha". Stanley and the white heroes in Africa; being an edition from Mr. Stanley's late personal writings on the Emin Pasha relief expedition and discoveries in the dark continent, with other matter from the works of his companions and predecessors. St. Louis and Philadelphia, Scammel & Company. p. 737. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  2. ^ Zariba. Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  3. ^ Von Slatin, R. C. (1898). Fire and Sword in the sudan : a personal narrative of fighting and serving the dervishes, 1879-1895. London: Edward Arnold. pp. 65–324. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  4. ^ Pease, A. E. (1909-10-16). The Book of the Lion. Ravenio Books.


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