Barak Induk in North Sumatra is home to thousands of Javanese refugees from the war in Aceh who fight illegal logging and oil palm interests to defend the mountain land they have farmed since fleeing the war in 1999-2000.
In 2006, community mothers learned peace education and established Tunas Baru Preschool, a Community Reading Room and a Play Center. They now serve as a demonstration site in North Sumatra. Friends Peace Teams learns from them the real, pernicious consequences of such U.S. policy as calling for and funding the Indonesian military attack on Aceh in 1965. Friends Peace Teams visited twice a year, then once a year, and now once every other year, and funded teacher scholarships for college and international training participation for Mislan, Ani, Sri, Egi, Suci and Dita.
Accepting children six-weeks to six-years old, Tunas Baru Preschool serves over 50 students and their families. Mislan serves as the Principal with six teachers, all college certified as a result of Friends Peace Teams scholarships. We offer on-going parent and community education, and organize the Barak Induk Youth Corp. Recovering from decades of war in Aceh, losing everything, being displaced into the mountains with no livelihoods, peace is not the signing of an accord, it’s the struggle of recreating family life and stability. As farmers, we plant rubber, chocolate, mahogany, teak, fruit and other forest trees, and appreciate the social skills of developing peaceful society.