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Navigating Life Amid Storms of Stigma

Since about 10 years ago, approximately 17 families of Suku Laut people have settled there. The settlement is administratively part of the Tajur Biru village, Temiang Pesisir district, Lingga regency, Riau Islands.

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PANDU WIYOGA
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A resident of the Sea Tribe, Uding, chose to return to life in a canoe with a roof of kajang (a kind of palm leaf) because the government aid house was damaged, Saturday (16/7/2022).
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A resident of the Sea Tribe, Uding, chose to return to life in a canoe with a roof of kajang (a kind of palm leaf) because the government aid house was damaged, Saturday (16/7/2022).

Suku Laut (literally sea tribe), the indigenous-seafaring people in the Riau Islands, have been wandering the sea for centuries. Wading through the waves, they risk their lives in sea storms; but the toughest challenge they face actually comes on the land, where they endure persistent stigmatization.

Editor:
NASRULLAH NARA
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