By: Bodrek Arsana
This article was originally published in Latitudes magazine, a renowned bi-monthly magazine focusing on Indonesian culture. The magazine hailing from the island of Bali previously existed in paper form and was especially known for its in-depth critical articles and beautiful photography. As a tribute to all contributors of this magazine Latitudes.nu presents a selection of articles published in the years 2001-2004.
The twins—still un-named infants—are fast asleep on a mat on a bamboo platform. They are wrapped thickly in cloth and screened off behind mosquito nets. They seem not to be bothered by the sound of all the people around them. The chilly weather and mountain winds, which aren’t really good for newborn babies, don’t disturb the serenity of their faces. The twins were born a week earlier, on 9 April 2004, in a hospital in Singaraja, Bali. Ever since then, the infants and their parents have been living in a makeshift bamboo hut on the outskirts of their village. The floor is dirt, and the roof is plaited palm fronds covered with a plastic tarpaulin. Nearby is a small irrigation channel and beyond that are rice fields.