A peaceful evening falls upon Dili, Timor Leste, after a period of high tension

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Ian Stehbens on March 20, 2008

The President José Ramos-Horta had been seriously wounded by multiple gunshots in what appears to have been a botched attempt to take him hostage; the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao had escaped a parallel kidnap, and the rebel soldier Reinado, a Loromonu disgruntled and dismissed soldier had been killed in the attempt to take the President hostage.

Following the sacking of Reinado and a few hundred Loromonu soldiers from the army in 2006, the subsequent protests resulted in 10 police being shot by soldiers in a main street in Dili, followed by arson, looting and gang violence through much of Dili. Whole suburbs were destroyed and people have since lived with resultant trauma and in fear.

This night March 7, 2008, a peaceful evening enveloped Dili. But real and sustainable peace has yet to be built!


EVA_L on March 21, 2008

Timor Leste is a rich land as I know: coffee, sandal wood, copra, cacao, carnation, vanilla, tuna, shrimps... They must live very well, Yan! Best greetings, Eva

sebian1 on June 27, 2010

Magic Place... :)

I Like it : ))

Ian Stehbens on June 29, 2010

Dear Eva,

The resources you list are real but Timor Leste has been exploited, plundered and then devastated by waves of conflict, so most of the people live in poverty and large numbers have lived as displaced people. But the tide is changing, and the country is beginning to grasp its new peace and its new potential.

It is special to reply to you always, but I am so sorry that I missed this message so long ago. Please forgive me.


Ian Stehbens on June 29, 2010

Greetings sebian. Thanks for your appreciation of the photos of Timor Leste.


Ian (currently in Indonesia)

lekibau on December 12, 2012

Nice shot. Greetings.

Ian Stehbens on December 12, 2012

Have you been there, perhaps for a meal or drinks, Luis? Thanks for enjoying images of your homeland.


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