United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Humans of Kuala Lumpur went with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Malaysia) into the jungles of Sarawak, where they were helping out underprivileged Sarawakians and orang asal in their mission to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

"We don’t have water at home, we shower here every single day."
"But speaking of that, my husband does not like to use a condom."
"Things have changed now."
"We follow our traditional customs."
“It’s not enough to eat, but it’s something”
"I stopped schooling at Standard 5 and I stayed at home after that."
"She was required to remove her uterus and since then she could no longer bear children."
"If for example, someone impregnated the girl and ran off, the growing child in the mother's womb is a pig".
“Their lack of knowledge literally killed them.”
"There was once way back then, one person from the medical team got shot by the Orang Asli with their traditional gun."
"They inserted a tube to check my heart and found that I had a blockage in my heart."
"Now it's hard, because even the men are lazy, and it's them who wants to stay at home."
“In the olden days it would signify bravery.”
“We have to persuade them or have plenty of initiatives before they would come to us.”
"I don’t have any money to buy them outside."
"I was there during the Japanese occupation."
"We just have to wait until he's 10 years old to see how he progresses."
"Perhaps they married late because they haven’t found the one."
"Some people marry at the church and some people will marry at home."
"I couldn't get pregnant again after my first child"
"I don’t know why they fought, but he ran away from where he works."
"Our generation and our mother's generation are very different."
"It's so weird that the women today are working to provide for the family and the men are staying at home."
"It's easier to go to the city to get medical attention than here because the city is much easier."
"Most people here marry at the age of 26 or 25 or 20 something."
"At school I have a friend who's my age who got pregnant and has stopped school."
“I want to be a teacher.”
“It’s fun to learn.”
“So I can catch the bad guys!”
"Working here in Sarawak is difficult because the salary is little"
"If a woman is pregnant without being married to a man, we would make her bathe in pig’s blood."
“Here, the children are more free”
"We’ll have dinner at 7pm and I’ll be asleep by 8.30pm"
"It's a traditional Iban belief."
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