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Sadili, Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia

“The community knows that this is their land, even without the support of the government, police, and others. The community took the initiative to occupy the land for their survival because they know it is their right. The community, especially the farmers, know that they will not survive without their land. That is why fighting for their land means fighting for their lives.”

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For the people of Lubuk Mandarsah, farming is more than a way of life; it's an act of resistance.  Many years ago, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) took the community’s customary land and cut down their farms for eucalyptus plantations. After APP harvested the eucalyptus, community members returned to the land and reclaimed it by planting their crops before APP could replant it with another monocrop pulp and paper plantation.

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