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East Timor's Secret Stories Unlocked on Stage

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Download The eastern tip of East Timor has a strong and unique cultural identity - but ancient stories about the land and creation, are at risk of dying out.

To help preserve this heritage, an Australian theatre director went on a history-making trip to the region.

Kate Arnott from Radio Australia has the story.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 October 2012 12:35 )

Fretilin Excluded From East Timor Coalition Government

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Download To East Timor, where Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's CNRT party is moving towards forming a coalition government.

His party won the most seats in last weekend's election but not enough for a majority.

Last Sunday his party held a national conference to decide which parties to invite to be coalition partners.

The day ended with several violent incidents, mostly in the capital Dili.

Radio Australia’s Sara Everingham reports.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 July 2012 15:07 )

East Timor’s Gangs A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

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Download Noisy and colorful campaigns have filled the streets of the East Timorese capital Dili as the country gears up for presidential election.

Racked by political violence in the country’s first election in 2006, this year’s elections will prove an important test for political stability in the new and impoverished nation.

With high rates of unemployment, low levels of education, and thousands of Timorese joining martial arts gangs, analysts say these groups are ticking time bomb waiting to go off.

Kate Lamb investigates from Dili.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 March 2012 10:21 )

Silent Witness of Indonesia’s Occupation in East Timor

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Download During Indonesia’s 24 year occupation of neighboring East Timor the Balide prison was place of horror.

Built in 1963 during the Portugese colonial period it was used by the Indonesians as a prison for political prisoners who dared support the independence movement.

Thousands of people were held there.

Now the notorious building is a museum that is teaching the next generation about the country’s dark past.

Citra Prastuti takes us on tour.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 February 2012 10:40 )

‘If You Have Time, Please Come Home’: The Divided Families of Timor Leste

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Foto: Citra 

Download Indonesia occupied neighboring East Timor for 24 years.

During that time around four thousand Timorese children were taken out of the country by Indonesians - with and without permission from their parents.

Following Timor Leste’s independence some of those divided families have been reunited but others are still searching.

Citra Prastuti meets with one such family.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2012 13:21 )
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