|Photographs of East Timor, 1998
I went to East Timor
at the end of 1998 for several reasons, but perhaps my biggest accomplishments were simply
to act as a foreign presence there and to report on what I had seen. Many East
Timorese stopped me on the street just to thank me for coming there, because the
presence of foreigners acts as a deterrent against human rights violations. The
Indonesian government is acutely aware that foreign eyewitness accounts of human
rights abuses will further undermine its international support. Moreover, the East
Timorese implored me to tell as many people as I could about their country's plight,
since they desperately need the support of foreign governments to achieve the right to
self-determination. I hope the following pictures inspire you to visit and to
support East Timor.
(Note: A more detailed report
by Mark (using the pseudonym
James Schmid) appears in the Winter '99 Estafeta.)
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Dili, East Timor, 11/98
Outside of Santa Cruz Cemetery
die-in.jpg Crowd shouts "Viva" after
the 1991 massacre to show their determination for independence. (267KB - large
moved.jpg People are visibly moved by re-enactment of
prayer.jpg Girl praying.
song.jpg Woman sings a traditional song.
objetil.jpg OJETIL (Organization of Youth and
Students from East Timor), previously an underground group, can now perform on stage!
smiling.jpg Faces in the crowd.
At commemoration demonstration for massacre, banner illustrates some human rights
abuses the East Timorese have suffered.
carrasca.jpg Faces in the crowd, including Manuel
Carrascalao (graying beard).
x-t-bner.jpg Banner showing Xanana Gusmao and Taur
Mattan Ruak, and flag.
parliment.jpg At Parliament building, students
protest Alas massacre and denial of it by Indonesians.
universi.jpg Students protesting at the University
of east Timor.
childn11.jpg Girls in Sunday dresses share a
laugh in orphanage run by Sister Lourdes.
kitchen.jpg Kitchen at orphanage run by Sister
vegs.jpg There is food to buy at the Bekora market
but few have the money.
fishboat.jpg Although not traditionally fishermen,
some East Timorese eke out a living by fishing from small outrigger boats.
Village near Dili, 11/98
childrn7.jpg Children show symptoms of
father.jpg Man who fought with Australia against
Japan in WWII poses with the oldest and youngest of his 28 children.
Desa Resa (near Los Palos), 11/98
stilt-h.jpg Two of very few remaining
traditional stilt houses.
w-house.jpg East Timorese woman smiles from a
traditional stilt house.
brothers.jpg Brothers - two beautiful boys.
Central East Timor, 12/98
mountain.jpg Rugged landscape provides many
sanctuaries for resistance members.
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