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Child bride auction in South Sudan goes viral, sparks anger

Child bride auction in South Sudan goes viral, sparks outrage; 500 cows and 2 luxury cars

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 21, 2018 20:00 IST ]
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five hundred cows, two luxury cars, $10,000, two bikes, a boat and a few cell phones made up the final price in a heated bidding war for a child bride in South Sudan that went viral after the auction was pointed out on Facebook. The government calls it the largest dowry ever paid in the civil war-torn country.

The highest bidder was a man three times the 17-year-old's age.

The bidding war has caused local and international outrage.

While South Sudan's government condemns the now-illegal practice of child marriage it says it can't regulate communities' cultural norms, especially in remote areas.

"You have to see it with an African eye as it's a tradition that goes back thousands of years," a government spokesman says.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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