The Fish-seller, Dili, Timor Leste

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Ian Stehbens on March 20, 2008

One of my roles is the training of peacebuilders who then develop strategic initiatives to build peace. This image was taken in Marabia, a suburb of Dili, that was destroyed by violent conflict in 2006, following the killing of 10 police by soldiers. The subsequent Loromonu v Lorosa'e conflict involving youth gangs was traumatic.

Now one of the peacebuilders I have trained oversees a Peace Club involving the youth of this wounded area. I was here recently to see this initiative in action.

As we were leaving, this young hawker passed by having sold about 20% of his stock by mid-morning.

People can not live on fish alone, but on peace, as importantly.


Margrit M. Berger (S… on April 6, 2008

Ian, I have gone through some of your East Timor photos, thank you for showing them. You do a really important work, I do hope so much, that things will soothe down again. I have been following the News about East Timor during the last couple of years. Have you been in East Timor recently? It's dreadful, that people should suffer so much in a place which could be paradise. - You do a wonderful job, working for peace, may it be crowned by success! There is so much misery in so many places and so much injustice in this world. People like you give the world a beam of hope! We should all be thankful for it!

My dearest greetings, May

Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2008

Thank you May, for your special message and inspiration...and love. I was there last month, and I see some signs of hope. President Jose Ramos-Horta returns home to the status of martyr now. But where I see the hope is firstly in the balance of shame that both recently warring factions now must wear, deep within; and secondly in the numbers of remarkable heroes that have emerged locally who have intentionally resisted evil and violence and are actively creating and building peace.


brunosma (NO VIEWS) on October 1, 2009

I have looked at this very beautiful photo, and read your introduction to the photo, if I have not interpreted badly I feel that you are a man that instructs and it sets as objective the peace you compliment for what you do, compliments for your gallery Very beautiful that I intend me to see day for day with calm, naturally I thank you to have put me among the preferred ones, the same I do me, good-bye hi brown from the italia

Ian Stehbens on October 1, 2009

Dear brunosma

Thank you for reciprocating. I look forward to many more conversations.

You are perfectly correct in your understanding of my work and commitment. I am currently in Tonga for the same purpose, and will return to Indonesia next year for some time.

The peacebuilder that we trained, and to whom I referred above, has now over 8000 young people in peace clubs all over Dili and in other centres in Timor Leste. He has changed the whole face of East Timor!! His name is Augusto. Pray for him as he continues to love his people.


:-)Fiala(-: on December 28, 2009

Fantastic scene!

Ian Stehbens on January 1, 2010

Thanks, Fiala. You certainly have explored my gallery, and I appreciate all your generous comments. I doubt that this young fishseller will ever know that he has been seen by 100s all over the world.

Warm regards from Brisbane.


Ian Stehbens on May 11, 2010

Thanks gondor. You are inspiring me to upload more Pacific images for you. I hope you have my address now for I sent it via the other channel.


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