UGANDA: The Price Is Right

To a young African typist or shopgirl in Uganda, marriage can represent a fate worse than death.

If her parents still cling to tribalism, they may sell her into marriage with whatever man offers the highest bride price—usually so many head of cattle. Should the husband at any time grow tired of her, he can send her home and demand back his cows. In some parts of the country, she must bear her mate three children before the union becomes binding. In other districts, if her husband dies she will be handed on to his heir. Whatever money or property...

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