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Abson Lumban Batu, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“I am fighting for our traditionally-owned land. I don’t have any other land other than this that I can live off of to provide for my family and send my children to school. I ask the government to pay attention to our cause, so that our traditionally-owned land can be returned to us, so that our children can attend school. And to Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), don’t bother us anymore.”

Answer

Over 30 years ago, land was taken from Indigenous communities and given to pulp and paper corporations. To this day, Indigenous Batak communities continue to demand that the government and corporations return their traditionally-owned land, which is inextricably linked to their cultural survival.

 

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