Karena menginginkan enam anak, kamu akan melahirkan delapan kali.

Pikiran inilah yang menghantui banyak perempuan pada masa awal kemerdekaan Timor Leste dari Indonesia nyaris 20 tahun lalu. Logika tersebut didasari hitung-hitungan sederhana, kendati tragis: keluarga-keluarga memiliki lebih banyak anak karena menganggap bahwa tidak semuanya dapat bertahan hidup.

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Eduard Lazarus

Eduard Lazarus is a writer and editor living in Jakarta covering media and political movements. His past work encompasses editing for Remotivi, a Jakarta-based independent media studies publication, and writing on cultural policy for Indonesia Arts Coalition.