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Barak Induk (former refugee camp) Langkak, N Sumatra, Indonesia

The people of Barak Induk, formerly displaced by war in Aceh, participated in Alternatives to Violence workshops and some community members became facilitators.

Tunas Baru Teachers with Nadine and Autumn

Mislan and Ida along with a half a dozen local women opened a developmental preschool, Tunas Baru, across the path from their house to help family members, teachers and children learn.

With the assistance of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) Geneva, we were able to obtain a map of the U.N. protected forest and determine that they are not inside the boundary of the U.N. protected areas and therefore should have claim to the land they are on.

After the shootings and beatings on June 27, 2011 and the bombing on June 07, 2012, Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific became the “communication bridge” for them to file a formal report with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Geneva and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris. They have requested that the UN review their case, come to the location to see for themselves and assist in settling this case since the Forestry Department outside the ruling of the Provincial High Court since they are given jurisdiction by the UN Convention as approved by the World Heritage Committee.