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Rentina Nababan, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“We ask the government to protect us and return our Indigenous land to us. This land is the source of our livelihoods, and our savings so that our children can go to school. We also ask the government to recognize our traditionally-owned land, so that we will not be afraid to farm our own land.”

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Over three decades ago, pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), took traditionally-owned land across the Lake Toba region of Indonesia from Indigenous communities without their consent. TPL transformed community land into pulp plantations used to make material for everyday fabrics like rayon, viscose, and modal.

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