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Sahnaz Melasandy

Sahnaz is a community organiser, researcher, and freelance translator based in Indonesia. She spends most of her time reading, and is passionate about human rights, social movement, gender, literary, and arts. She co-founded a book club called LiteraSEA focusing on Southeast Asian literature, with members based in the region and beyond.

Pushed from national parks, forest-dwellers across Southeast Asia defend land and customs

From Thailand to Indonesia, indigenous people who have lived off the land for generations struggle to preserve their forest homes and customs. But as states create national parks and forcibly evict forest-dwellers, their ties to ancestral land are cut.