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SINGAPORE (Oct 1): Milah, 38, sits on the edge of the sofa in her two-room rental flat in Yishun, surrounded by an assortment of belongings, a cage housing several squawking parrots at a corner, and a heap of groceries in the centre of the living room. The stash of food, like her home, is accessible to children living in the neighbourhood. Milah has seven children of her own, aged between 14 and 22. Other children sometimes come in during the day to lounge on the sofa or have a quick meal. “Sometimes they don’t have enough to eat at home, so they can just come here and we cook whatever they like,” she says.

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