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Bari has the highest brideprice in South Sudan, study finds

Study reveals Bari tops South Sudan with highest brideprice, averaging $400 per head of cattle, shedding light on economic strains and gender implications.

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A study titled “Bring Enough Cows to Marry: Brideprice Conflict and Gender Relations in South Sudan” has revealed that Bari, Nuer, Murle, and Dinka communities in South Sudan have the highest brideprices in the country, averaging at 400 US dollars per head of cattle.

The University of Coventry, UK research sheds light on the economic, social, and gender implications of brideprice practices in South Sudan.


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The report emphasizes the financial burden that brideprice places on families, frequently resulting in economic strain and difficulties. Many respondents expressed difficulty meeting the brideprice requirements, according to survey data from over 4,400 respondents across all ten states of South Sudan.

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The study provides the first comprehensive empirical assessment of brideprice practices in South Sudan, revealing the varying nature of this longstanding tradition across different regions and communities.

The findings underscore the profound impact of brideprice on families and wider society, emphasising the need for further understanding and potential reforms to address the economic and social repercussions of this age-old tradition.

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