Misha

Misha (right), a 17 year old Mabul immigrant, watches her young baby. Misha was married when she was 15 and had her first child at 16. After an abusive start to her marriage she kicked her husband out.¬†Her husband destroyed the baby’s¬†citizenship papers, the only evidence the newborn is a Malaysian citizen. Misha fled violence in the Philippines years ago and does not have papers so working is quite difficult. She lives with her father and mother, but both are absent working on nearby islands. “I want to be able to go to school and make a good life for my family,” she said. Most inhabitants on Mabul Island have lived there for some time, but previously fled violence in the Philippines. New large eco-resorts are trying to take over and kick out the only safe home they’ve known.

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