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Delima br Tobing, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“For a long time, this land has belonged to our ancestors. We came here to farm, but Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) intimidates us. We implore the government to release our land, so that we can farm and provide for our families and future generations.”

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Over 30 years ago, land was taken from Indigenous Batak communities and given to pulp and paper corporations with the promise that it would one day be returned. To this day, many 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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