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Indigenous women of Jambi strive to make do after forest fires

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Tue, October 22 2019   /  12:43 am
Precious resin: Nani (right) of the Batin Sembilan tribe in Sungai Kelompang village in Sungai Bahar district, Muaro Jambi regency, Jambi, handles a bag of damar she collected with family members in a forest.(JP/Jon Afrizal)(right) of the Batin Sembilan tribe in Sungai Kelompang village in Sungai Bahar district, Muaro Jambi regency, Jambi, handles a bag of damar she collected with family members in a forest.(JP/Jon Afrizal)

Precious resin: Nani (right) of the Batin Sembilan tribe in Sungai Kelompang village in Sungai Bahar district, Muaro Jambi regency, Jambi, handles a bag of damar she collected with family members in a forest.(JP/Jon Afrizal)Thirty-year-old Nani came home feeling anxious. That Friday afternoon she brought with her only one sack of meranti (Shorea) and damar wood weighing less than 20 kilograms.“After the forest burned in recent months, it has been very difficult to find damar resin,” she told The Jakarta Post.Nani is one of only 31 adult women of the Batin Sembilan tribe who live in Sungai Kelompang village, Sungai Bahar district, Muaro Jambi regency, Jambi province. Their livelihoods depend solely on the forest.Collecting damar resin is a crucial part of the livelihoods of these indigenous people. They call it mandah, which literally means scou...