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Changing Lives

By Jean Dobay

This is Jean Dobay. This is my first time in South Sudan. I am amazed at the passion that the South Sudanese have for their country and their desire to bring the newest country in the world into the 21st century. The women are especially strong and determined to lift themselves up.

One of the biggest problems that the women face is the dowry tradition. The male members negotiate the sale of the daughters by the groom's family paying in cows. Grooms are selected by the male family members, and the girl has no say in who or when they will marry. This has reduced their ability to be educated. Where most schools dismiss girls who are married or pregnant, Abukloi encourages those girls to attends their school. Abukloi is not only changing lives, it is changing the society of South Sudan.

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