Table of Contents
- 2017 May • Papuans update after returning home from International Peace Training
- 2017 Feb • Hayley describes a transformative experience in Indonesia
- 2017 Feb • Nanik reports on the 4th Annual International Peace Training
- Perspectives on the 2017 International Peace Training
- 2017 Feb • Mentawai Islands
- Compassionate Listening Workshop at Peace Place
- 2017 Feb • Reflections from our 4th Annual International Peace Training
- Joglo Preschool
- 2017 Feb – Mar • 4th Annual International Training for Peace
- 2016 Jul-Aug • Joglo Preschool is Becoming a Model for Others
- Sharing the Power of Goodness at PhilYM
- 2016 June – July • Volunteering at Peace Place – Felicitas Zschoche from Germany
- 2016 June • American family of Four visiting Peace Place
- 2016 April – May • Peace Place Activity Update
- 2016 May-Sept • Feliz Zschoche volunteers at Peace Place
- 2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
- A Decade of Tsunami Relief: Author chat with Nadine Hoover of Friends Peace Teams
- Tunas Baru Preschool’s First College Graduate!
- Barak Induk: Leaders to Meet Soon
- Presentation to University Muria Kudus, Central Java, Indonesia
- 2016 Jan • International Training at Peace Place
- Update: How you can help the people of Barak Induk
- People of Barak Induk once again under attack
- 2015 Dec – 2016 Jan • Friends Peace Team to Indonesia
- 2015 June • News from Joglo Preschool
- 2015 March • International Training for Peace
- 2015 Feb • Helping At Joglo Preschool
- Stay at the FPT Guesthouse in Pati, Indonesia
- 2014 Jan – Apr • Friends Peace Team Indonesia/Australia
- Never Underestimate the Power of a Few People — Growth Always Comes from Small Sprouts!
- Opening of the Taman Bermain Buemoe Ubeut (Small Earth Playground) Preschool in Langsa
- Petrus Introducing the new Joglo Preschool
- 2012 • Extended Service, Kristina Blank
- 2012 Jan – Mar • Indonesia Peace Team
- 2011 • FRIENDS IN BARAK INDUK UNDER ATTACK
- Children and teachers playing at The Peace Place.
- 2011 • Extended Service, Esther Buckwalter
- We did it! Indonesians run AVP basic workshop in East Aceh
- 2011 • Extend Service Nicholas Rozard
- 2011 Jun – Jul • Indonesia Peace Team
- 2011 April • FWCC Manila Peace Team
- 2011 Feb – Mar • Indonesia Peace Team
- 2009 • Voice of Barak Induk
- An Adventure in Indonesia, Stephen S. Haynes February 2007 unpublished article.
- 2006 • Friends in Conscience in Indonesia, Nadine Hoover; NYYM Spark: NYC, NY.
- 2006 • Alfred Builds Eight Houses In Tsunami Area, Nadine Hoover
- 2005 • Help or Hope for the Acehnese? The Human Face of War, by Nadine Hoover September 2005, unpublished manuscript.
- 2005 • Gratitude to Alfred Residents in Tsunami Aftermath, Nadine Hoover; Alfred Sun: Alfred, NY.
People of Barak Induk once again under attack
18 August 2015
The people of Barak Induk, North Sumatra are once again under attack by officials trying to drive them off the land where they have lived and worked for fifteen years. These officials are the same ones depicted on the film The Act of Killing.
In 2000, they were driven out of Aceh by the war. After the Peace Accord in 2005, their status as displaced people was supposed to be resolved, but a decade later officials confiscated their trucks on the way to the rubber factory along with tons of latex under the claim that it was produced in the Leuser Mountain National Forest.
I told the people, every time someone says ‘national forest’ they should raise their hand and say ‘without any trees’! See the picture below of the land when they arrived. It was logged in the 1970s following the 1965 US-orchestrated coup d’etat and the underbrush cleared to plant oil palm just before they arrived.
In the past fifteen years, they have built homes, schools, community reading room and health clinic and planted rubber and other hardwood trees. The government cannot wait fifteen years of productive labor before evicting them! This is not right!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE:
Write to Dianto Bachriadi, National Commission on Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia, email@example.com to implore them to act immediately to protect the people of Barak Induk’s right to enjoy the fruits of their labor! Poor people can only stand up to the rich for so long when their livelihoods are withheld. Action is needed immediately!
Please do not buy foods, cosmetics or bio-fuels containing palm oil or lumber from Indonesia or Malaysia. Please spread the word to others. We need you to post and share this with as many people as possible.
Thank you for you action,
Scroll down and you will find a sample email at the bottom of this post.
Our messages are getting through!
Here are some responses friends have forwarded to us:
From: Dianto Bachriadi
Sent: Aug 20, 2015 6:37 AM
Subject: Re: Barak Induk, North Sumatra
Thanks for your supportive email. We will do what we should do to make sure rights of the people will be protected.
From: “Dianto Bachriadi”
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:39:23 AM
Subject: Re: Protect Barak Induk’s People
Thanks for your supportive email. Me and the Commission will do what we should do to make sure rights of the people will be protected.
Subject: A concern for the people of Barak Induk
To: Dianto Bachriadi, National Commission on Human Rights
I write to you with concern for the people of Barak Induk, Sei Lapan, Langkat, North Sumatra. I understand that they are being harassed by officials trying to drive them off the land where they have lived and worked for fifteen years.
In 2000, these people, driven by war, settled in their present location. After the Peace Accord of 2005, their status as displaced people was supposed to have been resolved, but this year officials confiscated their trucks on the way to the rubber factory, along with tons of latex that they had produced, under the claim that it was produced in the Leuser Mountain National Forest.
It is my understanding that the Leuser Mountain National Forest was not a forest at all when the people of Barak Induk arrived in the area. It had been cleared for the planting of oil palm. In the past fifteen years, the people of Barak Induk have made it into the forest that it is today, planting rubber and other hardwood trees. They have also built homes, schools, a community reading room and a health clinic. The Indonesian government cannot fairly allow a people fifteen years of productive labor just to evict them from land that they have improved and made productive!
These are people whose right to the necessities of life must be honored. If it is wealthy corporations who want their land, it is the responsibility of the Indonesian government to protect the people of Barak Induk from economic interests constituted only to seek profits and not to care whether lives are destroyed.
Please act now to preserve the rights of the people of Baruk Induk. Thank you for attending to this with all possible speed.