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Ugandan Teen Urges Against Using Girls for Dowry

(WOMENSENEWS)–My sister Maureen Prisca was forced to marry an old man who was infected with HIV. She was 17 years old and the man was 42. My parents forced my sister to marry the man because he was very wealthy and could pay a large dowry. A dowry is money or things like cattle or land given to a girl’s parents when she marries a man. My sister refused to marry the man but my parents insisted.