Their village is a three-hour drive from the nearest secondary school, and seven hours from the nearest town.
Iris, the eldest of the girls, is 16. Mary and Sarah are 14. Each of them enjoyed school and look back on their time in education fondly. But it has been two years since any of them attended class. They stopped going when they got married.
Now they live in their husbands’ longhouses, a traditional form of elongated and narrow housing raised on stilts used by many native communities in Sarawak.
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