Director of Rumah Kita Bersama Foundation
The northern part of Lamongan in East Java witnesses the migration of its residents to many regions. They become migrant workers both within and outside the country, or sell the regency’s famed delicacies — pecel lele (catfish) or soto (soup) — at food stalls from Sabang in the archipelago’s western tip of Aceh to Merauke, Papua in the east. Some of the men work at cement companies or as factory workers. Those who stay behind rent and cultivate state-owned land (tanah persilan) or work as sharecroppers. They leave in the morning and return home in the evening, taking the youngest children with them, but leaving the teenagers at home.
For survival, virtually all the adults have left the villages, leaving parents to worry about their teenage children’s social interactions. Pressure on teenage girls to marry yo...
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