UGANDA: My Father Saw My Worth When Others Saw a Debt

By Agnes Igoye

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While girls are called debts, boys are regarded as pillars (‘apir’). They hold the family home, they carry the family name, inherit land, and keep the clan growing. Boys’ education is prioritized, with some parents making use of the bride price obtained from their daughter’s marriage to support their son’s education. When a man is due for marriage, his sister can be married off even before age 18, to obtain bride price that her brother can use to marry a wife.

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