Dependency Timor Leste

East Timor From Independence to Dependency (2006-2007 with the support of Lagardere Foundation)

 

In May 2002 East Timor celebrated its independence in a contagious exaltation –an emancipation won in the blood and the terror of the pro Indonesian autonomist supporters machetes.

Over the following years, the process of building a coherent national identity proved difficult, challenges being jeopardized by the greater impoverishment of one of the poorest countries in the world.

In 2006, the murderous violence between Easterners and Westerners spread unrest among the population. The gravity of the situation forced the return of an International armed force under a UN mandate.

The 2007 Presidential elections took place in a volatile and explosive atmosphere. In spite of all though, the distressed East Timorese population massively elected Jose Ramos Horta, co-recipient of the Peace Nobel Prize in 1996.

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View from Black Hawck: a house burning in Dili, capital of East Timor, where violence between "Easteners" and "Westerners" erupted in April 2006, June 2006
Australian troops along Malaysians assure the security while Westerner leader Major Tara is meeting President Gusmao. The meeting took place after a rally around Dili 6th of June 2006
Australian troops patrol in in Manatutu town, East of Dili during the days preceding the vote for President in East Timor. Prior to the voting day, several incidents happened in the area and required more presence and helicopters patrol. 6th of April 2007
Youth gang in Dili Comoro Road, June 2006
New Zealand troop stationning at Becora : the Terminal bus station to the East of the country 2d of June 2006
Loromonu tagg ie. Westerners in the streets of Dili, June 2006
"Easteners" with arrows, ready to defend their home against the "Westerners". 7th of June 2006
Petitionner with 'rebels' FDTL leaders : from left to right, Gastao Salsinha, Major Tara, Major Marcos. 8th of June 2006
A Timorese man (Lorosae) is expressing his grief and anger outside the Committee Central de Freitilin, where PM Alkatiri is having a meeting. All his belongins, his house are gone. 4th of June 2006
Comoro Road: a Westerner looks at the remaining of his house, which just got burned down by Easterners youth gangs May 2006
Old women of Alienbata village. Under Indonesian occupation the village was full since people were "kept" in areas the occupants could control. Since the independance, "economically, life is not as good and easy
Village of Alienbata, early morning, February 2006, Viqueque District, East Timor
Janet, former Falaintil and former F-FDTL holds his daughter Jennifer, who just survived from cerebral malaria; the family normally lives in Hera, but since the petitionnaries issue broke out, they are too scared and live with other Easterners in refugee
Janeta, 5yo, daughter of Bi Lesas and Janeto, both veterans from the occupation time in East Timor. The family normally lives in Hera, but since the petitionnaries issue broke out, they are too scared and live with other Easterners in refugee camp at the
Women and their children on their way to pick up petroleum in a seep, Watulari, Viqueque district, February 2006
Maria the traditionnal mid wife (Daya) takes care of the delivery of Ines at home. 90% of the delieveries in East Timor happen at home. 7th of Feb 2006
Maria the traditionnal mid wife (Daya) is pulling the umbilical cord from the baby's neck. 90% of the delieveries in East Timor happen at home. 7th of Feb 2006
Ines, new born on the floor of her parents home. 7th of Feb 2006
Markus carrying the placenta his wife has delivered 3 days ago. In East Timor, the placenta is often seen as "the little brother or little sister". They will eventually burry it in the ground of the kitchen. 10-02-2006
Augusto playing in the kitchen next to the whole where the placenta of his little sister will be burried. In East Timor, the placenta is often seen as "the little brother or little sister". 10-02-2006
Supporters of Nobel Prize Jose Ramos Horta shouting at the Freitilin pro Lu-Olo supporters passing next to them. The last day of Presidential elections campaign, around 30 people got injured during clashes between rival political party supporters.
Last Presidentials Campaign Day : Freitilin leaders (in the center Lu-olo and Alkatiri) sing the Timorese national anthem in Formento area, where they hold a meeting, Dili 5th of April 2007
Former PM Alkatiri during a press conference in Freitilin Head Quarters, few days after the vote. Freitilin claimed Lu-Olo was the head of the Presidentials elecitons first round at the time. 12th of April 2007
Freitilin supporters in Freitilin Headquarters in Ermera, West of Dili. Most of the villagers are Freitilin, litteraly surrounded by PD, the party of LaSama... and "don't sleep at night". They are too afraid of the Reinaldo petitionnaries.
Candidate Lucia Lobato dance during the rally in Dili, Campo Democratio, Timor Leste 4th of April 2007
Children of Watulari, February 2006
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