[Dal-la] / noun / Swahili meaning servant of God
Dalla is a feeler. She’s the first one to cry at a sad story. Her face lights up a room when she giggles. If she is scared, she gets goose bumps from head to toe. Sometimes, Dalla gets embarrassed or frustrated. When that happens, she prefers to be alone in the jungle. Dalla was born in the lowland swamps of the Congo River. When Dalla first peeked out from her mother’s arms, her father fell instantly in love with her. Dalla’s father would swing her far up into the tops of the rainforest trees. Dalla was different from the other baby gorillas. Her mother noticed it first. When Dalla was just a week old, she was sleeping in her family’s nest. Suddenly, a thunderstorm approached and a loud crack of thunder shook the trees. But, Dalla slept soundly. Dalla’s mother realized Dalla couldn’t hear.
Gorillas are the largest primates in the world. They live in the tropical regions of Central Africa. They like to eat all kinds of leaves, branches, fruits and sometimes bugs and insects. Male gorillas can range in size from 300 to 500 pounds, can be up to 5 feet 9 inches tall and reach an arm span of seven to eight feet. Gorillas are highly intelligent and have been taught how to use simple sign language.
There are 33.5 million Deaf people around the world. Even though they live in many different places and cultures around the world, the Deaf have a similar language. They use sign language to communicate. In many countries, Deaf cultures are often very similar to each other. The majority of Deaf people are lost and do not know about Jesus.
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Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa. It has the second largest rain forest in the world, the Congo rain forest. The Congo River basin takes up most of the country. Because of where it is located, the country has the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the whole world.