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"You don't haggle with Rooba. She gives you one price, which you can take or leave, but it's a fair price."
Katniss Everdeen on Rooba[src]

Rooba is the butcher from District 12. She lives in the Seam and occasionally stops by to do business at the Hob.


Rooba would buy rabbits, but not squirrels.[1] She butchered a deer for Gale Hawthorne and Katniss Everdeen, leaving Katniss with enough money to buy Lady as a birthday gift for her sister, Prim. Rooba did not barter, but instead only gave one fair price that citizens could either take or leave.

Rooba also helped Katniss buy Lady from the Goat Man. The man wanted Rooba to buy the goat as she was badly injured, but Rooba refused and winked to Katniss as she left.[2]

She was most likely killed in the bombing of District 12, since she was never mentioned in Mockingjay.

Physical description

Rooba is said to be a short, stocky woman and appears bony and old, yet tough and strong.[2]


  1. The Hunger Games, Chapter 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Hunger Games, Chapter 20