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Parents trade girl child for cow in East Africa.

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Child marriage is increasing in parts of war-torn South Sudan and drought-hit Kenya as parents swap their daughters for cows and goats to survive, campaigners said on Wednesday.

Africa accounts for nine out of the 10 countries with the highest rates of underage unions globally, advocacy group Girls Not Brides said, with girls marrying due to tradition, family ties, the stigma of pregnancy out of wedlock and poverty.



But long-running wars and climate change are now leading factors too, activists said, highlighting a rise in marriage among girls under the age of 18 in South Sudan to 52 percent from 40 percent in 2010, according to United Nations data.

“The conflicts just worsened the situation,” Dorcas Acen, a gender protection expert at the charity CARE International in South Sudan said.

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“Majority of the parents wish to give up their girls and marry them off because of the economic hardship. They are looking at how to reduce the number of mouths they need to feed.”

Despite a global decline in child marriages, there are still some 12 million underage girls married every year, often with devastating consequences for their health and education.

South Sudan has been gripped by civil war since 2013, pitting forces loyal to President Salva Kiir against rebels linked to former vice president Riek Machar, and millions are going hungry amind rampant inflation and declining oil output.

As the conflict drags on and hard currency loses it lustre, parents can now receive up to 300 cows in bride price, or dowry, when their a young girl weds, up from about 30 cows during peacetime, Acen said.

When there is a girl within the family ready to get married, people will come and present the number of cows,” she said on the sidelines of a global conference on child marriage in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

“Basically it’s just bidding – whoever bids with the highest number of cows will take the girl,” she said.

Across the border in Kenya, many semi-nomadic Maasai and Samburu herders exchanged their daughters for livestock during a severe drought last year that killed large numbers of animals, said Millicent Ondigo of Amref Health Africa.

“Since the number of goats has decreased, parents rather sell their daughter for four (or) five goats for marriage,” said Ondigo, a project officer for the Nairobi-based health charity.

Families often marry girls off at earlier ages during drought as this earns them dowry and increases the girls’ chances of being fed by wealthier husbands, experts say.

Ondigo is working to convince parents that sending girls to school would bring them longer-term economic benefits.

“(We told parents) when she is done with schooling, she will get a job and she will be able to buy you more than those four goats,” she said,

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Nigeria: IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu spotted in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has been spotted praying in Jerusalem on Friday 19th October 2018.

Various questions have been asked about Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts and it has been rumoured by different sources that he is dead.

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The news of his appearance was however made known by Uche Mefor who is the deputy leader of IPOB via his Facebook Page.

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The Message reads

“Fellow Biafrans, friends of Biafra, men and women of goodwill and of good conscience, warm greetings to all. We wish to reliably inform you that The Supreme Leader of the lndigenousPeople of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would within an hour from now praying in Jerusalem Live on facebook. All are enjoined to hook on. Chukwu Okike is in charge!

Signed: Uche Mefor, . Deputy Leader, Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ”



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2019 according to Ifa oracle – Traditional religion adherents

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Traditional religion adherents under the umbrella of Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council (ARSADIC), have urged Nigerians to shun calamitous predictions by groups and individuals who have predicted that Nigeria will break up, doomed or ceased to exist after the 2019 general elections.



They made this known on Wednesday while revealing some of the messages from Ifa (divination), to Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections during the second annual general meeting and peace prayer service for Nigeria and Diaspora organised by ARSADIC at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Oke Mogun, Ile Ife, Osun State.

According to reports, ARSADIC which is a conglomerate of traditional religion associations across Nigeria and in the Diaspora is made up of organisations such as Traditional Religion Worshippers Association of Nigeria (TRAWSO) Oyo and Osun state chapters, International Council for Ifa religion, International Congress for Orisa Tradition and Culture and Orisa Worshippers Union among others.

 ARSADIC President, Dr. Sola Olalekan Atanda while revealing some of the messages from Ifa to Nigeria, said contrary to insinuations that Nigeria may disintegrate after the 2019 general elections, “Nigeria will not disintegrate, it was revealed that we should continue to be prayerful ahead of the general elections in 2019”.
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ARSARDIC President while speaking said, “A God fearing person that believes in God must be optimistic, to be pessimistic is very dangerous, pessimism kill ambition. If you don’t have ambition, you may not have achievement. God is a great God, God will not destroy his handwork, we are God fearing people in Nigeria. A lot of people worship God in Nigeria, Christians, Muslims and traditional religion adherents, we all worship God. So, how can we now say that Nigeria will be doomed in 2019? No.

“We see prosperity and that is why we always consult God, that is why we had a divination in September this year, to ask God what we can do, what should be done to make Nigeria to continue to be giant of Africa, to give good life to our President, Muhammdu Buhari and his team. 

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