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In South Sudan, little girls (never boys) are given away to other families to mediate disputes. In the article, a girl named Atia Odongi was given away to another family at the young age of 8 because her brother had killed a man over an argument over cows. In Sudan, it is a tradition for girls to be given away; it is seen as a way to make peace. Atia was also forced to marry a boy in the family at 9 years old. The elder chief of this area of Sudan, Amos Gudo, believes that this tradition should continue because it resolves conflicts easily.

This is an example of how the parts of the world still continue to treat different groups unequally. It is always a girl who is given away and who is treated like a trading card. The girls don't have rights so they can be pushed around by almost everyone in the South Sudan society. Boys are never given away to others because the family needs to keep their "more useful" children. Atia was treated differently from the males in her family because she had to be the one to resolve her brother's murder. When Atia was given to the family, the men often did violent things to her, beating her, and it almost caused her to kill herself twice.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/06/in-south-sudan-girls-are-given-away-to-settle-family-feuds.html