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Redita br Nababan, Op.Bolus, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) stole our land and we had to leave our land. That was the source of our livelihoods. I used to farm...but the land was taken by TPL. We ask for...our land back, so that our grandchildren and future generations will have their identity.”

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For the people of Op.Bulus in North Sumatra, Indonesia, farming is more than a way of life, it's an act of resistance. Pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took the community’s traditionally-owned 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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