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Turf wars: Vietnam's land rights crisis

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Thi Sieu says her family lived for generations on a small plot of land studded with cashew trees until they fell victim to an alleged land grab by powerful local elites, a fate shared with many indigenous farmers in Vietnam's lush central hills. 

A group of hilltribe ethnic Ede farmers preparing land to grow cassava in Vietnam's Central Highlands' province of Dak Lak, on March 12, 2013. All land in the communist nation is owned by the state and usage rights are frequently opaque, allowing corrupt local officials and well-connected businessmen to seize land with impunity, according to activists.

All land in the communist nation is owned by the state and usage rights are frequently opaque, allowing corrupt local officials and well-connected businessmen to seize land with impunity, according to activists.

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