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History of Indonesian children and youth

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Alarming data about Indonesian children
27 January 1995. Two brief reports on undernutrition and child labor.
Malnutrition stunts growth of generation
By Jenny Grant, South China Morning Post, 24 sep 1998. The mental and physical growth of a generation of children is under threat as Indonesia's economic crisis worsens. More than half the children under two years old in Java, the most populous island, were suffering from malnutrition,
From School to the Streets
By Marianne Kearney, IPS, 22 dec 1999. A growing army of children and adolescents drop out of school and take to the streets of Indonesia's major cities in an attempt to survive. Many arrive from poorer parts of Indonesia, where it is becoming increasingly difficult for farming families to survive or find any other way of making money.
Street Children Need Government Protection Too
By Richel Dursin, IPS, 13 jul 2000. There are about 1.7 million street children in Indonesia's 26 provinces, and the number keeps on increasing because of the economic crisis. Jakarta alone has some 40,000 street children, compared to 15,000 before the 1997 economic crisis. They are grouped into four categories: children who live on the streets, children who work on the streets, children who are vulnerable to become street children and street children who are 16 years and above.
Rise in teen prostitution
The Straits Times, 14 nov 2000. The economic crisis has forced a record number of children onto the streets to earn a living, and Indonesia has seen a dramatic increase in the number of teen prostitutes in the last three years.
Violence in Children's Programmes Worrying
By Richel Dursin, IPS, 19 dec 2000. Violence in Japanese animated cartoons, which are popular among Indonesian children, is beginning to worry child welfare authorities. Many of these foreign shows, dubbed in the local language, are not appropriate for children, who are glued to television for hours each day without supervision by adults.