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money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride

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Throughout the 1950s, many young women ran away from home to join their husbands or boyfriends in town, in some cases giving birth to children before their bride prices were negotiated.
Some analysts say that increasing bride prices are one of the causes of cattle raiding in South Sudan, which has claimed the lives of thousands since South Sudan's independence in 2011.
Bride prices have also increased, putting marriage out of reach for many young unemployed men.
Young men in Lakes state complain of high bride prices and accuse government officials of marrying underage girls.
Cattle are a source of wealth in Jonglei and are used to pay bride prices. The abduction of women and children is also common among cattle raids.
It is the duty of commissioners, he said, to advise and mobilise young men to disarm and stop killing each other of the cows, which are key to South Sudan's traditional economy and to pay bride prices in many communities.
The consequence is their cattle are stolen from neighbouring groups so men do not have the cows needed to pay for bride prices, he said.
They are often used to pay bride prices, motivating some young men to steel cattle so they can afford to get married.
The youth leader of Twice East, Awai Piok Awai, asked the chiefs and Twic Communities to reduce to the sky rocking bride prices, which are traditionally paid in cows in many parts of South Sudan.
Cattle in South Sudan indicate someones status and are used to pay bride prices, making them an integral part of the economy in the new country, which is one of the poorest in the world.
Cattle are important for status and for bride prices in many South Sudanese communities.
There has been speculation that this is partly due to men who want to marry being forced out of the market by inflated bride prices -- a result of more competition as South Sudanese men return home to the villages.