Cows are often used as a form of currency for barter in South Sudan and are thus a sign of wealth. It is not uncommon to guard cattle with guns in South Sudan to prevent would-be thieves from stealing them!
It is also commonplace to pay a man in cattle for the opportunity to marry his daughter should there be several men competing for her. Prices vary but can sometimes reach 100 cattle!
Although football is the national sport of South Sudan, wrestling is one of the most popular.
Children at water pump, South Sudan
South Sudan grows maize, rice, wheat, millet, gum arabic, mangoes, bananas, papaya, sugarcane, cotton, sweet potato, beans and peanuts; they also rear cattle and sheep.
Its main industry is petroleum production.
The main export is crude oil.
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