This report is the product of desk-work which consists of 50 per cent of the workload, and a truncated field visit for only one week to Northern Lagawa Locality estimated at 25 per cent of the workload. Field activities during the field visit were obstructed by heavy rains, as mid-August coincided with the peak of the rainy season. The advantage, however, was the presence of pastoral nomads in the sandy goz and that the visit was the first one made by a researcher following the most serious contention between the Misiriya and the Nuba in May/June, just six weeks earlier. 25 per cent of the workload was spent conducting interviews and group discussions in Dellenge town and El-Obeid.