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Kristina br Hutabarat, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“This land is our life and the lives of our future grandchildren. We are campaigning so that people will stop buying Toba Pulp Lestari’s (TPL) products, because TPL has stolen our rights and our traditionally-owned land.”

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For the people of Aek Lung in Indonesia, farming is more than a way of life; it's an act of resistance.  Pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took the communities’ land and cut down their forest for eucalyptus plantations. After TPL harvested the eucalyptus, community members returned to the land and reclaimed it, planting their own crops before TPL could replant it with another monocrop pulp plantation.

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