Folks are outraged over a child-bride bidding war that erupted on Facebook. The dowry that is final 500 cows, 2 luxury automobiles, $10,000, 2 bikes, a watercraft, and some cellular phones.
JUBA, Southern Sudan (AP) — Five hundred cows, two luxury automobiles, $10,000, two bikes, a watercraft, and a couple of cellular phones made within the selling price in a hot putting in a bid war for a kid bride in South Sudan that went viral after the auction had been revealed on Facebook.
It will be the biggest dowry ever compensated within the civil war-torn country, the federal government stated.
The bidder that is highest had been a person 3 times the 17-year-old's age. A human rights lawyer who tried to stop the bidding last month at least four other men in Eastern Lakes state competed, said Philips Anyang Ngong.
One of the bidders ended up being hawaii's deputy governor.
Early in the day this month, Nyalong became the person's ninth spouse. Photos posted on Facebook show her sitting near the groom, putting on a dress that is lavish staring despondently in the flooring.
The AP is utilizing just her name that is first to her identification.
Southern Sudan features a profoundly rooted social training of spending dowries for brides, usually by means of cows. In addition it possesses history that is long of wedding.
And even though that training has become unlawful, 40% of girls nevertheless marry before age 18, in accordance with the us Population Fund. The practice "threatens girls' everyday lives" and limits leads for his or her future, stated Dr. Mary Otieno, the agency's nation agent.
The putting in a bid war has triggered regional and worldwide outrage.
It took several times for Facebook to get rid of the post that first pointed out of the auction, and after it had been removed other posts "glorifying" the specific situation stayed, George Otim, nation director for Arrange Overseas South Sudan, told the AP.