I Made Nuka (centre) struggles to send his youngest child to middle school as prices of basic goods and fuel are rising, limiting his job opportunities as a construction worker. Photo: SCMP / Resty Woro Yuniar
I Made Nuka (centre) struggles to send his youngest child to middle school as prices of basic goods and fuel are rising, limiting his job opportunities as a construction worker. Photo: SCMP / Resty Woro Yuniar
Indonesia

Indonesians made to choose between food and school fees as inflation hits poorest hardest

  • Inflation in the wake of a recent fuel price increase has child protection specialists worried that the number of school dropouts is trending upwards
  • Database issues also mean many poor people who need government help aren’t getting it, leading to warnings ‘a vicious cycle of poverty’ will emerge

I Made Nuka (centre) struggles to send his youngest child to middle school as prices of basic goods and fuel are rising, limiting his job opportunities as a construction worker. Photo: SCMP / Resty Woro Yuniar
I Made Nuka (centre) struggles to send his youngest child to middle school as prices of basic goods and fuel are rising, limiting his job opportunities as a construction worker. Photo: SCMP / Resty Woro Yuniar
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