Comoro Mosque was stripped after the Indonesian withdrawal and Timor Leste's Independence by those desperate to survive.

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Ian Stehbens on March 20, 2008

While there is a significant population of Muslims still living in Dili, the greatest majority of the pre-independence population of Muslims were Indonesians who have returned to Indonesia.

A few months ago, I trained a local peacebuilder, and have just now returned from accompanying him to this place. He convened a meeting with local chiefs and youth leaders to propose and have them consider creating a Peace Club for youth.

This area near the razed Comoro market, is regarded as a "hot spot" in the recent conflict between Loromonu (west) and Lorosa'e (east) fighters, and the youth gang-based conflict that has destroyed so much of the city of Dili .


Paulo Yuji Takarada on April 17, 2008

Ainda bem que acabou os conflito, não é mesmo? Parabéns pelo registro, para divulgar pelo mundo este lugar, onde houve conflito! Um grande abraço, de Dourados - Ms - Brazil.

Ian Stehbens on April 17, 2008

Thankyou for your visit to my gallery, Paulo. Thanks also for your concern for Timor Leste. As Portugese is an official language in Timor Leste, there are quite a number of Brasilians working in Dili. Some are involved in NGOs, others in business, and others in churches.

President Ramos-Horta returned home a hero and martyr only yesterday, sufficiently recovered from the attempted abduction and assassination attempt.

There is hope for Timor Leste.

Um grande abraço from Sydney.


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