When I was walking in the residential area of Jakarta, a boy with drooping eyes stood in front of me as if he barred my way. The boy's gaze was not so sharp, despite the fact that he was standing in my way. It's a look that makes me feel as if I'm the one blocking the boy's path. The boy's expression didn't change when I pointed the camera at him, but he continued to look at me vaguely, holding a stick in his hand to his face. As I clicked the shutter, I felt like I was being begged to get out of the way.
It's not that unusual to see children in Jakarta's residential areas. There are a few children playing on the street. But for someone like me who thought there would be more children in the city, it was not enough. I didn't see more children than I had expected.
Indonesia is a young country; roughly one in four of its 250 million people is under the age of 15, and the population under the age of 15 alone is about 70 million. In spite of this, the number of children playing on the streets seems to be very small. However, not all children are playing on the streets. There may be many children who are playing video games at home.
October 5, 2020
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