2017 Timor-Leste Trip



During East Timor’s 25 years’ war for independence from Indonesia, from 25 April 1974 to 25 October 1999, she lost about a third of her total population, a figure between 115,000 to 200,000. In 2000, in an attempt to bring some measure of healing to the nation, the Government, under the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, appointed the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation to report on what had transpired during those occupation years. As a new nation desiring to put her horrific past behind her in order to move on, it is to her credit, due largely to the resilience of her people, that Timor-Leste began to rise up after her traumatic struggle for self-determination and freedom. On 20 May 2002, she finally became a new sovereign state. The Commission’s Final Report, Chega! was published in November 2013. As a post-war country, with over 55% of her people displaced, and its accompanying high fatality figure, the ravages of the war years would have inevitably exacted a physical, emotional and psychological cost. The purpose of this trip is to provide some trauma orientation to a group of ex-patriates and local church workers as they labour faithfully among East Timorese. Your prayers would be deeply appreciated.

During this period, I shall be taking a blogging break.