Conflict and desperate hunger are driving families to marry off their daughters to secure precious cows, despite the girls having to forfeit their education

Down a red dirt road on the outskirts of Rumbek, a sprawling town at the heart of the world’s youngest country, a small herd of white cattle plods southwards. Evening is fast approaching and the cattle cast long shadows.

As South Sudan has slid into violence and famine, cattle – so central to the lives of the feuding Dinka and Nuer tribes – are casting a shadow over the futures of many of the country’s teenage girls.

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