Dili, Timor-Leste: Residential area, Jacinto Candido Road

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Comments (7)

Lecleire Jacques on March 21, 2008

Congratulations with your new pictures Ian. Thank you for sharing them.

Greetings, Jacques

Ian Stehbens on March 21, 2008

Dear Jacques,

I am honoured to have the privilege of being a partner and mentor to some key peacebuilders and leaders in Timor-Leste, and to carry some of their pain in my heart. I am quietly grateful that you opened this thumbnail to respond, for while the sunrises and sunsets are nice or even very good photos, it is the ordinary people that is most important to me, they who have survived a sequence of horrors. So thank you for being a distant companion on this journey, just by responding to this photo of emergency housing in central Dili.

Where I was standing to take this photo, had I turned around and stood there in May 2006, I would have been shot or witnessed the slaughter of 10 police by military as a public protest was confronted. The scene was tragic, blood on the street, a skull shot and shattered and brains on the street... all too too sad. And what followed was so destructive.

And as for infrastructure so much it was destroyed by anti-Independence militia and the Indonesian military withdrawal.

Peace to you, my brother. (And the horror of 60+ years ago was a tragic shadow that was cast over your homeland and across coastal dunes that you love to photograph.)


Juan Jo. Andújar on March 21, 2008

I feel much mention of the tragedy. I feel that some people are able to become so destructive to their fellow human beings. The photography is beautiful, but it reflects the poverty of human beings.

Regards, John.

Ian Stehbens on March 21, 2008

Thank you very much, Juan for responding with understanding to my reply to Jacques.



Luud Riphagen on March 25, 2008

Very interesting Timor posts Ian. As a little boy I always was very interested in the history of Timor, the reason I think ; at that time we lived in the TIMORLAAN (street)te Apeldoorn. Greetings Luud

Ian Stehbens on March 25, 2008

Dear Luud,

The folk here are quite enterprising in being determined to create homes for themselves on otherwise unused land. But this is very different scene from Timorlaan. However, that same spirit that rebuilt NL after 1945 and that has determinedly built dykes and polders for centuries, is found in Timor Leste today.

I do not know the residents of this row of homes personally, so I do not know where they lived previously. They may be rural-to-urban squatters, or internally displaced people, but either way they certainly have been impacted by the various waves of violence and destruction ranging from mortars to mob arson, between 1997-2006.

Thanks for your genuine interest, Luud.


Luud Riphagen on March 26, 2008

Many thanks for clearness Ian. Greetings Luud

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