Still considered a child, but this eleven year old boy from Malang has to swallow the fact that he is now the backbone of his family.
After a single accident that claimed the life of his mother and paralyzed his father, Muhamad Ilham was forced to drop out of school to take care of his toddler brother and his helpless father.
Reporting from okezone.com, Ilham’s family, who lives in a narrow alley on Jalan Raya Tlogomas, Lowokwaru, Malang, in December 2020 had an accident while traveling by car.
The lives of the driver and his mother, Sri Mulyati, were not saved. While his father was paralyzed due to a severe wound in the chest. Only Ilham and his sister survived unharmed.
Like it or not, now Ilham has to clean the house, wash dirty furniture and clothes, take care of his younger brother, fulfill his father’s needs, and even find a mouthful of rice.
In early 2021, Ilham started earning his own money by helping his neighbors sell toys and traveling kites. All day working, Ilham only earns Rp. 10 thousand.
The boy who has dreams of becoming a plaintiff admits that he still wants to go to school and realize his dreams so that his mother will be happy in heaven.
Luckily, Ilham and his small family live in a neighborhood with generous neighbors. The neighbors also help meet Ilham’s family’s basic needs by taking turns sending food with a picket system.