East Timor Archive

Nov
12
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The central cemetery in Dili- site of the Santa Cruz massacre in 1991 in which Indonesian troops killed more than 250 people gathered to mourn the death of Sebastião Gomes a young supporter of an independant Timor.

Visiting the Graves

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre.

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Oct
05
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Kids from the village of Zumalai pose for the camera.

Children of Zumalai (pt. 2)

The median age in Australia is 37. In Timor Leste it is 21. More than one third of the population are under the age of 14. Many of these children have been orphaned by disease and war.

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Oct
05
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The tetum word for gecko is 'teki' which can also refer to a pretty girl.

Timor-Leste; Companions

Last week I got back from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Here are some of my traveling companions.

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Aug
12
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Families gathered by the side of the road in Cova Lima district on the south coast of East timor.

East Timor: Part 3

In the evening I’m starting to feel like I have a monumental hangover. Which is a marked improvement over what I was feeling at the start of the day.

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Aug
11
0
Houses on a ridge-line in Ainaro in the highlands of East Timor.

East Timor: Part 2

When the locals see us they generally stop and stare. The children wave or squeal or shout ‘malae!’ or ‘malae mutin!’

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Aug
10
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Mt Carmel in Hera is named for the Mountain in northern Israel where the Carmelite order was founded by pilgrims or soldiers during the crusades.

East Timor: Part 1

In 2008 I went to East Timor with some volunteers from my high school to install an electrical system for a school in a village called Zumalai on the south coast. We brought over some tools and electrical equipment and I brought back a few words in Tetum and a cute little tropical parasite.

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