But this time, the man who married the girl "won" her after participating in an auction on Facebook. Kok Alat, a business tycoon thought to be three times her age, beat four other men - including, reportedly, three high-ranking government officials - by bidding cars (three), cows (500) and cash ($10,000) to make the girl his tenth wife. A Facebook post dated October 25 shows a tall, solemn-looking girl standing next to an older man who is grinning victoriously.
opinionBy Susannah Birkwood | Plan InternationalAny views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Social networking sites like Facebook have a huge role to play in protecting human rightsOn 3 November, a 17-year old girl from South Sudan's Eastern Lakes State got married. Normally, there'd be nothing unusual about that in a country in which a horrifying 52 per cent of girls are married before their 18th birthday.