|Subject: City, friends lament massacre
victims and pave way for future
Caulfield Port Phillip Leader
September 12, 2005 Monday
City, friends lament massacre victims and pave way for future
PORT Phillip's Friends of Suai last week commemorated the sixth anniversary
of a massacre in the East Timorese town.
Three priests and 200 men, women and children were killed in a massacre at
the Suai church school after the country's pro-independence vote in 1999.
Port Phillip Council and a community group have entered into a 10-year
partnership to rebuild the coastal town near the West Timor border.
Balthasar Kehi, a former Catholic priest from East Timor now living in
Melbourne, sang a lament at last week's ceremony.
"The purpose of keeping the memory of the brutality alive is not just to
show our solidarity with the victims, but more importantly to condemn those
acts of cruelty and to prevent their repetition anywhere in the world," he
The partnership's efforts will fund things such as community and youth
centres, a nutrition program, training for unemployed youth, and computer
and English-language classes
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