JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — 5 hundred cows, two luxurious automobiles, $10,000, two bikes, a ship and some cell telephones made up the ultimate value in a heated bidding warfare for a kid bride in South Sudan that went viral after the public sale was identified on Fb. It’s the largest dowry ever paid within the civil war-torn nation, the federal government stated.

The best bidder was a person thrice the 17-year-old’s age. No less than 4 different males in Japanese Lakes state competed, stated Philips Anyang Ngong, a human rights lawyer who tried to cease the bidding final month. Among the many bidders was the state’s deputy governor.

“She has been lowered to a mere commodity,” Ngong instructed The Related Press, calling it “the most important check of kid abuse, trafficking and auctioning of a human being.” Everybody concerned needs to be held accountable, he stated.

Earlier this month, Nyalong grew to become the person’s ninth spouse. Images posted on Fb present her sitting beside the groom, carrying a lavish costume and staring despondently on the ground. The AP is utilizing solely her first title to guard her id.

South Sudan has a deeply rooted cultural apply of paying dowries for brides, normally within the type of cows. It additionally has a protracted historical past of kid marriage. Regardless that that apply is now unlawful, 40 % of women nonetheless marry earlier than age 18, in line with the United Nations Inhabitants Fund. The apply “threatens ladies’ lives” and limits prospects for his or her future, stated Dr. Mary Otieno, the company’s nation consultant.

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Mark Zuckerberg initially described himself as not solely the founding father of Fb, but in addition because the “Grasp and Commander” and “Enemy of the State.”

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Here is what a Fb group web page seemed like in 2005.

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For comparability, that is what a Fb group web page appears to be like like right now.

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The Fb homepage in 2005 additionally listed the entire colleges the social community was in — and nonetheless included the picture of Al Pacino.

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The corporate determined to drop the “the” from its title in 2005, after it purchased the area Fb.com for $200,000.

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We love this gem about “poking” from one of many authentic FAQ pages.

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Fb’s homepage in 2006 was a stripped-back affair, disposing of the listing of faculties in favor of a easy login possibility.

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Fb launched the Information Feed to show all your pals’ exercise in a single timeline in 2006.

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On the similar time, Fb launched the Mini-Feed. However your complete idea of a Information Feed resulted in some very public outrage. Some customers even went to this point to name one in all Fb’s product managers the satan.

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Fb’s 2007 homepage contained the primary occasion of its now-synonymous brand and supplied the “newest information” from mates.

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In 2009, Fb’s residence web page additionally received a facelift. Posts began to stream by the Information Feed in real-time.

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That very same yr, Fb additionally launched its algorithm for figuring out the order through which standing updates needs to be displayed.

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Fb modified its brand font in 2010 however left the homepage a lot the identical.

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2010 was additionally when Fb introduced notifications to the highest navigation bar following one more redesign.

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Fb additionally rolled out a brand new, extra visible profile in 2010. It added a row of not too long ago tagged pictures beneath your title and fundamental profile data.

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Fb launched the Information Ticker in 2011 so customers may sustain with their mates whereas shopping by different elements of Fb.

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The Fb Timeline feels prefer it’s been round for the reason that starting. But it surely launched in 2011 to behave as a digital timeline of your whole life.

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Fb additionally cut up its on the spot messaging into a special app referred to as Messenger in 2011. It is now received greater than 800 million month-to-month customers.

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Fb swapped out the linked world diagram for a cellphone in 2012 as its customers moved from desktop to cellular. At this time, over 800 million folks entry Fb on cellular on a regular basis.

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Fb began flooding the Information Feed with sponsored tales in January 2012.

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That is what Fb’s cellular app seemed like when it first launched.

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Fb additionally owns a bunch of different widespread apps, most notably Instagram, which the corporate purchased for $1 billion in 2012. With greater than 400 million month-to-month customers, that looks as if a steal these days.

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2015 was a giant yr for Fb that noticed its first ever day with one billion customers on-line concurrently. The corporate had discovered how you can earn a living from cellular too, turning it right into a $300 billion enterprise.

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At this time, greater than 1.5 billion folks use the social community each single month.

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And greater than 1.four billion folks apply it to their cell phones each month. Not unhealthy, contemplating 12 years in the past smartphones did not even exist.

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Here is the Fb homepage right now, on its 12th birthday.




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The bidding warfare has induced native and worldwide outrage. It took a number of days for Fb to take away the submit that first identified the public sale, and after it was taken down different posts “glorifying” the state of affairs remained, George Otim, nation director for Plan Worldwide South Sudan, instructed the AP.

“This barbaric use of know-how is paying homage to latter-day slave markets. {That a} lady may very well be offered for marriage on the world’s greatest social networking web site at the moment is past perception,” he stated. The public sale was mentioned, not carried out, on the positioning.

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Fb didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Whereas South Sudan’s authorities condemns the apply of kid marriage it says it may possibly’t regulate communities’ cultural norms, particularly in distant areas.

“You’ll be able to’t name it bidding as if it was an public sale. It is not bidding. Should you see it with European eyes you may name it an public sale,” authorities spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny instructed the AP. “You need to see it with an African eye, as it is a custom that goes again hundreds of years. There is not any phrase for it in English.”

Some native lawmakers and activists disagree. In a press release launched this week, the Nationwide Alliance for Ladies Attorneys in South Sudan referred to as upon officers to adjust to the federal government’s plan to finish baby marriage by 2030. Ending the apply consists of placing a cease to the auctioning of women.

South Sudan’s anti-human trafficking chief referred to as the case paying homage to others he has seen throughout the nation, through which ladies are compelled or tricked into marriage after being instructed they will dwell with family and go to highschool as an alternative.

“It’s clear that some human trafficking practices are hidden in our tradition,” John Mading stated.

In different instances, some ladies who develop up within the South Sudanese diaspora are introduced again to the nation and compelled to marry. The AP spoke with a number of individuals who know ladies who arrived for what they thought was a trip, solely to have their passports taken away and compelled into marriage by their households.

“Some households need youngsters to marry of their international locations and of their ethnic communities, however most do it if the children are misbehaving,” stated Esther Ikere Eluzai, undersecretary for South Sudan’s ministry of gender.

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