The ban on farming has led to structural poverty. Children drop out of school and early marriage is seen as a way out. It only adds to the misery.
When fields were no longer allowed to be cultivated, Dayak Ngaju farmers in Central Kalimantan fell into poverty. Children dropped out of school and early marriage was used as a way out. However, it turns out that it only perpetuates poverty, even deepening tragedy.
One night, July 19, 2022, a pair of teenagers sat on the floor of a wooden stilt house on the banks of the Kapuas River. They sat facing each other, witnessed by their families and the headman, to take their consent.
The groom was 17 years old, a primary school graduate who now works as an illegal gold miner. Meanwhile, the bride is only 15 years old, a junior high school dropout. The two are neighbours, both born and raised in Kalumpang village, Mantangai sub-district, Kapuas district.
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