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Toni Simanjuntak, Nagasaribu, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“We implore the government of Indonesia to make Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) give us back our 2,000 hectares of traditionally-owned land controlled by TPL, because the land is our life, and in Nagasaribu the land is the flesh of our ancestors.”

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