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Vicious cycle of broken homes entraps generations of migrant worker families

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

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Blitar, East Java   /   Thu, November 14, 2019   /  11:57 am
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Family to support: Migrant workers from South Sulawesi and West Sulawesi, together with their children, disembark from a vessel at Tunon Taka Port in Nunukan regency, North Kalimantan, on March 6. (Antara/M. Rusman)

After 22 years working as a migrant worker in Singapore, Mudaya Tatik, 50, was finally reunited with her husband in Blitar, East Java. But what should have been a happy time became the beginning of a tragedy as Isnan, 58, was found dead eight months later, believed to have committed suicide. Tatik found her husband’s body in their bedroom on Monday, only one hour after she had left home to take their 7-year-old granddaughter to school in Jabung village, Talun district. The police have recorded the death as a suicide. "An autopsy was conducted to determine the cause of death," Blitar Police detective and crime unit chief Adj. Comr. Sodik Efendi told The Jakarta Post, Tuesday. Isnan wrote in a note left on the bedroom wall, “I love my daughter and granddaughter”, and expressed his wish to be “buried in front of the house nex...