The income that Junaidi gets from a small grocery store in front of his house is not enough to live on. To supplement his needs, he plants rice.
Junaidi's life is much calmer now than it once was. Still, the mistakes from his past continue to haunt him. For 13 years he was an illegal logger in the forest around his residence in Begasing Hamlet, Sedahan Jaya Village, North Kayong Regency, West Kalimantan. The area is part of the protected Gunung Palung National Park area.
“Being a logger is actually not a good job. But, at that time there was no other choice, so I did it,” the 43-year-old told the Pontianak Post.
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