There were many stalls on the sidewalk near Fatahillah Square. Here in Jakarta, the only people running the stalls were adults, and there were no immature children working there as there are in developing countries. When I see children working all the time, I wonder about the future of the country, but at least in Jakarta, there are not many children who can't go to school and have to work.
The young boy playing at the stall in this photo wasn't working either, he seemed to have been brought here by his parents. They probably pass the time by playing with the handheld game while their parents work at the stalls. As I approached, I got a glare, probably because I was in the way of the game.
Bringing a child to the workplace means that there is no one to babysit for the children instead. In a country with lots of children, big brothers and sisters often babysit instead of parents, but Indonesia doesn't seem to have that many children.
In fact, Indonesia's fertility rate is low - 2.3, which is about the same as the global average - and less than half of what it was in 1970 when it was 5.5, which has dropped in the last 50 years or so. It must have become rapidly richer over the course of half a century.
May 20, 2020
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