September 13, 1999
Subject: The Humanitarian Crisis in East Timor is far from over: Many feedbacks
After the pressure from the world public opinion and calls for action to stop the
carnage in East Timor reached fever pitch, the hidden powers controlling the world
political situation behind the scene, told *their* men in Indonesia that they had
better relent and say they accept an international force on the ground in East Timor because
*their* heads of states, gathered in New Zealand, needed such a good news to put
a positive spin on their - so far - callous disregard for the human tragegy still
unfolding in East Timor... And they wanted to douse the world public opinion with a calming
dose of pre-packaged "good news" to turn everyone's attention towards something else.
But sorry guys! We don't buy into this "great" solution. The Australian military
who could be in East Timor real quick are not allowed to go and the Western cavalry won't
come trumpeting onto the shores of East Timor in time to save anyone from the pogrom
still going unabated - see unreported news below from the hills in East Timor.
And the Indonesian killers are now going to play the delaying game in the corridors
of the dismally inefficient Unites Nations in New York, whose referendum in East
Timor has ignited the whole tragedy in the first place. The outcome of this referendum
was easily foreseeable as well as the brutal reaction of the Indonesian regime who is
prepared to go to whatever extreme it takes to keep its hold on every single piece
of real estate of the country - just like so many other such national "empires" on
Earth - Think of Russia holding on to Daguestan... Think of China ever escalating its military
preparations to deter Taiwan from declaring its definite independence from China
- perhaps the next flashpoint - and continuing its brutal occupation Tibet... And
And then there is the question of who will control the huge untapped oil reserves
under East Timor if the information provided below is correct. You can bet that after
going through such hell and being burned to the ground, East Timor is years away
from being able to become a workable independent country, thus allowing the hidden powers
-- the financial elite - of this world ample time to secure a firm grip on those
assets - another open-ended UN protectorate as in Kosovo perhaps?...
Sorry for sounding so pessimistic but, despite the apparent good news, I say beware
of the cunning manipulations of the world public opinion through the mass media.
There is much more than what meets the eye in the latest developments reported in
the news in the last 24 hours...
Still, it is reassuring to see that the focussed attention and combined actions or
*extra*ordinary people around the world has been able to force the Powers That Be
to take notice of our visceral opposition to what is going on in East Timor and take
some -- cosmetic? we will see! -- actions.
Let us all keep the heat on!
Jean Hudon Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000
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Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 From: grace <email@example.com> Subject: Latest news on East
Relief, hopefully, is on its way to East Timor, but the people there are still in
dire need. It is not over yet - now there are concerns about HOW the peace keeping
will be implemented - and all this admist conditions in which the people are starving.
JUST RECEIVED! - SEE MORE AT THE END TOO
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 From: grace <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: people starving
Hi Tonnes of rice sit at the Darwin Harbour, while East Timorese sheltering in Hills
outside Dili, starve. The Australian air force will not deliver much needed food
and medical supplies until they are given the go-ahead by the Indonesian government.
This has not yet happened .... many may die before then. These people need our prayers
and meditations. Now that a decision has been made to let in foreign aid, it would
be terrible to see help come too late for many of them.
Please join me in meditations daily at 10 am and 10 pm (+9:30 GMT) to restore balance
in East Timor. The crisis in East Timor is still far from over.
With love Grace
The latest reports from East Timor:
Starving eat leaves on trek out of hell
By LOUISE WILLIAMS
It was the last hope of a desperate people.
When the Catholic churches were ransacked and burnt, and those who believed in their
sanctity gunned down inside, the people fled to the arid hills, where now they are
reduced to scavenging for leaves in a new battle against starvation.
As Indonesian troops were reported to be advancing on about 50,000 refugees trapped
on a ridge behind the provincial capital, Dili, thousands were trying yesterday to
walk to positions held by the rag-tag pro-independence army, Falintil, itself ill-equipped to save them.
"The adults are eating leaves, but we have nothing for the children and we have no
food to bring them," said a Falintil spokesman, contacted by satellite phone in the
"This is a very, very big problem and people will die of hunger because they had to
run and had no time to bring supplies with them."
Falintil is a guerilla army of small mobile units without the capacity to shelter
thousands of civilians.
The spokesman said about 5,000 people, many of them elderly, had arrived at another
cantonment further north where guerillas were trying to divide the remaining rations
of rice and hunt deer and wild boar.
Among those believed to be sheltering in remote forests are the Bishop of Baucau,
The Most Rev Basilio do Nascimento, who is injured, and scores of priests and nuns.
"The churches and the United Nations compound were the only places for the people
to shelter and with those gone the only place to go now is up into mountains, but
we have no stockpiles of food or medicine," the spokesman said of last week's slaughter
of priests, nuns and civilians.
"The refugees are really in a critical condition, particularly the young children
because we have no milk, and the old," he said of the tens of thousands who have
fled to Dare, the site of a Catholic seminary overlooking Dili.
The UN spokesman in Darwin, Mr David Wimhurst, said he had reports from relatives
of East Timorese in Australia and a Catholic nun in Melbourne claiming that Indonesian
soldiers were hunting down and killing refugees in Dare.
Although several deaths were confirmed overnight, a massacre could not be independently
verified. But the independence spokesman Mr Jose Ramos Horta said five women in Dare
had commited suicide to avoid being raped or killed by Indonesian troops.
An Australian Red Cross spokesman, Mr Vedran Drakulic, said international agencies
must be allowed access to East Timor to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.
"The experience of the Red Cross so far is that those who fled across the border into
West Timor came with almost nothing; obviously those who fled into the hills were
probably in the same situation."
More than 100,000 East Timorese have been forced across the border into West Timor,
where murders of independence supporters have been reported in camps controlled by
Jakarta-backed militia units and along the roads out of East Timor.
Mr Drakulic said it was impossible to accurately estimate how many people were facing
starvation in the hills.
"For the people in the hills it will not be a bright future. Already before the crisis
the people had been affected by inadequate food supplies. They are not fit and in
the case of severe food shortages and without access to water they will be affected
very quickly. It is critical to access these people."
One expert said the area around Dare had some natural water supplies, but insufficient
for the 30,000 to 50,000 in the region.
He also said that although there were some fruit and vegetable farms in the area it
was the beginning of the dry season so little could be scavenged.
Conditions on foreign force could limit Australia's role
COMMENT by HAMISH MACDONALD
Diplomats will be waiting to see what difficulties Indonesian negotiators will put
in the way of a speedy insertion of peace-keepers into East Timor. A prime worry
for Australia is that Jakarta may seek to limit or even exclude Australian troops
in the force.
President Habibie's foreign policy adviser, Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar, was last night
extremely cautious about this subject, refusing to say whether or not Australians
would be welcome. It was for the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, to decide.
"If he is a wise man he will decide which countries won't further complicate the situation,"
she said. "I think we prefer to see Asian faces in such peacekeeping troops. I think
they would be more palatable to Indonesian people." The characterisation of the operation as "security co-operation" by Dr Habibie also raises the question of who will be
It would be unacceptable for the UN force to come under Indonesian command, and it
is hard to see Indonesia's TNI placing itself under a foreign general on what it
still considers its national territory.
For all that, Dr Habibie has staked his faltering presidency on implementing the results
of the August 30 referendum and claiming credit as a supporter of human rights.
He gave a bold speech in the gilded splendour of Jakarta's Freedom Palace flanked
by his army generals, who must have been grinding their teeth behind impassive faces.
From today he can expect the recriminations for allowing foreign troops on Indonesian
soil for the first time since the Dutch left in 1949.
Members of the United Nations Security Council Mission said the President's announcement
was "very positive" but warned that hard negotiation would now start in New York
with the Foreign Minister, Mr Ali Alatas.
Mr Alatas is a diplomat steeped in the intricacies of UN procedures and if there is
any move to spin out the offer by raising practical obstacles, he is the man to do
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From: "ekogaia" <email@example.com> Subject: East Timor and the world Date: Sat,
11 Sep 1999
Thanks for all the posts and news, both good and bad.
As far as East Timor goes the complete lack of international action there is nothing
new. Angola, Burundi and Rwanda, Burma, Sudan, Congo, Tibet, Afghanistan, Kurdistan,
Eritrea; the list goes on.
Speaking from an African perspective it is obvious that the industrialised North will
not move on a problem unless it either threatens their status quo, offers possibilities
to test their arms, or impacts on their economic base.
It is patently obvious that the world is no longer run by Sovereign nations but that
National and Regional governments that are dictated to by Corporate interests. The
governance of the world is dictated by entities that have no conscience or morality
and that only views humanity as another resource to be plundered.
The sale of war materiel to Indonesia by Britain and others shows this callous cynicism
of profits weighed against people.
It is imperative that we perceive the big picture and realise that, yes the world
is run by arms merchants and those who seek to control the worlds food by patent
rights. Those that wield the economic power are those who must be brought in line
by regulation of their activities.
Americans must not vote for the same good ol boys next time around, we need new methods.
Fire the politicians. Retrieve power by putting in those that can make the difference.
We need to outlaw greed with no conscience.
Globalisation is rapidly becoming renegade. Soros noticed this in his assessment of
the movement of predatory capital in the global marketplace. The new world order
is assuming proportions of a giant, stumbling along whilst attempting to remain
upright all the time crushing nations and people beneath its feet as it blunders forward unconstrained
by the laws of humanity, decency, morality or liability.
It is up to us all to not buy in to the system. Avoid enriching corporate power whenever
possible, even if you have to pay a premium. Remember, that premium is the real cost;
corporates never take the environmental cost of goods, or the social cost of services. Dont cut corners and support morality and not greed.
Bhopal, the Rape of the Oceans, pollution of our support system, deforestation, consumerism
are all only symptoms of the sickness of the human condition. Power is not at the
centre, it comes from the fringe of Greed, Profits, Neo-colonialism, power, subjugation all run amok, just as the militias in East Timor have done.
The symptom is of the world gone mad. To cure it we have to expose the world to the
reality of the situation. The millennium will come and go but the system will stagger
The mainstream media will never spread the word. The internet is our salvation by
inter-linking humanity to spread the new way.
We have got the people (like you Jean who does so much to spread the word), we have
got the ideas, we have got methods, we have love on our side and we cannot lose.
But in order to change things we must continue to show what the problem is and to
change it by demonstrating the "new way".
Meditation is a great tool but we must never forget that even the greatest thoughts
are nothing if not acted upon or shared.
Spread the word, shout it from the rooftops, speak to your neighbour, remember to
love and things will come right. We will make it so. All of us. Together.
NOTE FROM JEAN: RIGHT ON!!!
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From: "HempMatters" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RE: more on Timor Date: Sat,
11 Sep 1999
A Massive chunk that has been left out of the whole debate on E Timor is the regions
resources. Unknown to many is the fact that Timor lies on top of one of the world's
last massive untapped oil reserves. The Timor shelf runs between the islands and
Australia. It holds oil more than the Middle East ever did and they haven't even started
drilling yet! An independant and wealthy Timor is not something that many people
down there would like and it would drastically change the power and economic differences
between North and South Indonesia.
Now wouldn't that be a shake up !!
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From: SHIVADAS88@aol.com Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 Subject: Re: Feedbacks to the Humanitarian
Crisis in East Timor
I can't read anymore. It is so sad that things like this happen. I have children
as well, my youngest daughter being 13 years old, and I can never imagine this type
of horror happening to her. I would not be able to bear it. My Heart tells me that
little girl you are talking about is my daughter, that in God's eyes we are all one, and
when I read Jimmy Twyman's letters from the Secret Order of the Beloved Disciple,
they talk about feeding the sheep of God. I feel responsible because I can do something. I want to "pray peace" East Timor and let the violet flame of God's eternal Love
bless these blessed people free. Free from fear. Free to be Godlike. Free to laugh
and Free to Love and be Love!
Thank you for inspiring me to pray. I appreciate your devotion to Peace and honor
YOUR SWEET HEART! MY HEART CRIES WITH YOU!
PEACE WILL PREVAIL ON EARTH! AMEN!
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 08 From: Michael Wise <email@example.com> Subject: Re:
Feedbacks to the Humanitarian Crisis in East Timor
Your words and intentions of Unconditional Love
Light are the highest and greatest gifts you can give to this beautiful world. You
are truly a Light among us.
We all thank you for your dedication and sincerity!! We all Love you very much!
In Deepest Divine Love
p.s. Sweet Dreams Dearest Jade!!! You have chosen your parents well!!!
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From: "Sabine McNeill" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Humanity Unite! Date: Sat,
11 Sep 1999
Dear Carol, dear Jean,
I loved your remark and your response and I wanted to add to your dialogue.
For in 1981 (! well before the Net!) I had the vision of people and computers protecting
our planet and created the idea / network / organisation called PEACE NETWORK. Then
I discovered that there were 'outer' and 'inner' peace people and that the twain
don't necessarily mix.
As a 'passionate and compulsory networker' I found out about LETS software and set
up the first Local Exchange Trading System in London. Then I discovered that people
thought it was a great idea but they don't trade. They just want to socialise. Then
I found out about commercial barter and the depth of the National Debt problem and the
abdication of power by governments to banks.
Now I am organising meetings at the House of Lords to raise awareness on that level
and promote commercial barter as well as local LETS. And what am I experiencing?
Problems with men who cannot acknowledge a woman who knows what she wants and acts
Meanwhile I follow my bliss and work on preparing a revolution in science.
In other words, the best tool for humanity to unite would be interest-free money.
For money is for the collective what blood is for the individual: the flow-tool of
exchange and nourishment. But debt-based money cannot have that functionality.
Thanks for letting me express my thoughts this way. Need to work on a website next...
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Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 From: Enny Soekoer <email@example.com> Subject: "Add me to
Well Jean, those situation make me scare to watch news on TV, I live in this country,
Indonesia. As you Know, those are happened not only in East Timor, but also in Aceh
and Ambon, perhaps it will be followed by Irian and I don't know others.
Yes, we have to differ between the power and the people. People of Indonesia, at least,
me and friends of mine.... are talking about those violence. Still, in this reformation
era, we don't have a brave to react strongly to the power because, seems the military and police officer are not in our side yet.
I pray to God to let the parliament convened take place earlier, so, the Indonesia's
military will have no right to operate its forces in Timtim anymore. They did get
their freedom, didn't they.
OK Jean, this is a little things about me and my feeling of what have been happened
in my country. Hope I will get all news of what happen in the world from you.
God may bless us, e. soekoer
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Date: Sun, 12 Sep 1999 From: Antares <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [Fwd: Antares on
East Timor /...a 1000 years of hatred]
VERY SAD, WHAT HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN IN DILI, EAST TIMOR... FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH,
HERE'S MY COMMENTARY ON THE ISSUE:
Susan Ferguson wrote:
Antares---feel free to tell us what is really going on here. Is this religious, economic,
or just the normal human psychosis? It's obvious that the multinationals and their
armies have no interest in protecting these people. Why was an election allowed in
the first place? The army general in Jakarta is in control of Indonesia? ---Susan
AND ANTARES, WHO LIVES IN MALAYSIA, RESPONDED:
Eruptions of bloodlust and carnage that periodically destroy the comfortable illusion
that we are a "civilized" race can be traced to restimulated birth canal traumas
(those interested, please check out Stanislav Grof's seminal work on Basic Perinatal
In the case of East Timor, we have a very complex case of hereditary hatred distilled
from more than a thousand years of cultural, racial and ideological conflict stemming
from the Crusades. The ancient and unresolved hatred is deliberately kept on the
simmer by ruling cliques who believe they can maintain control of human destiny by manipulating
fear and greed and primate territorial conditioning amongst their subjects.
The Arab-Muslim world has never conceded defeat by their Jewish-Christian siblings.
Instead they moved eastwards and Islamicized parts of India, Indonesia, the Malay
Archipelago, and the Philippines. Earlier Hindu influence in these areas had established
rigid caste hierarchies from which Islam offered an easy way out - but the ancient
feudal mentality has persisted, and independent thinking and individuality are not
encouraged by the parochial governments of these territories.
Frustration building up among the masses is usually redirected and ventilated on convenient
scapegoats - usually anything "foreign" or "Jewish" or "Christian." In the traditional
pecking order of skin pigmentation, the fairer ones tend to despise the darker ones (although recent radical perceptual shifts have resulted in the "black is
beautiful" ethos) - and thus it's very easy for Indonesian Muslims to regard the
Black-Portuguese Catholic natives of East Timor as "sub-humans" - just as the Malay
Muslims are threatened by the indisputable indigenousness of the animistic Orang Asli, whom
they view as an inferior breed.
When times are good, these latent prejudices are papered over with the political concept
of national unity - but when the economic boat is violently rocking, these atavistic
blood feuds resurface.
The Indonesian military has always been the backbone of political power in Indonesia.
General Suharto rose to prominence by deposing the popular Sukarno in 1965 and one
of his sons continues to exert massive influence on ABRI (the political wing of the
Indonesian Armed Forces). Their argument for forceful suppression of ethnic revolts in
East Timor and Acheh is based on a deep-rooted fear that separatist movements will
bring about the swift collapse of the Indonesian Republic - just as in 1991 the USSR
rapidly broke up into a very loose commonwealth of independent states, as soon as central
control was relaxed.
The US and Australian governments have long supported the corrupt Suharto regime (despite
its wretched human rights track record) because they valued their capital investments
in labour-rich Indonesia. But when Suharto and his family got too greedy and were unable to adapt to the new political realities, they installed Habibie as a caretaker
president while the IMF moved in to take charge of the financial housekeeping.
But let's face it: in a political milieu founded on economic rather than ethical values,
the UN (or NATO) will only step in militarily where capital investments are threatened
or where there are massive monetary gains at stake. Helping sort out the mess in East Timor or Acheh holds very little economic returns for the US - and, in the long
term, the restoration of civil and human rights in Indonesia will put paid to western
capitalist control of these ex-colonies of the Great Pirates. Hence the moral paralysis.
What can we do as planetary citizens? For a start we can overthrow the rule of (Economic)
Might Is Right within our own countries which has corrupted all levels of governance,
so that Big Government and Big Business can no longer be separated. We can insist that the Age of Cynicism, Hypocrisy, and Economic Opportunism be ended right here
The process won't take centuries or even generations. Paradigm shifts can occur in
a matter of nanoseconds.
LAST MINUTE ADDITION:
By MICHELLE GRATTAN, BERNARD LAGAN, HAMISH McDONALD and MARK DODD
The East Timor peacekeeping mission has bogged down within a day of Indonesia's approval
- forcing rescue nations to use dramatic new tactics to try to save thousands of
refugees facing renewed attacks and starvation.
The Minister for Defence, Mr Moore, said Australian troops could be deployed by the
But United Nations aid officials are pressing Jakarta for approval for immediate food
and medical air drops to more than 100,000 refugees who are facing death while diplomats
sort out the composition and timing of the peace force.
In Darwin last night, the UN took over a waterfront warehouse and was trucking in
tonnes of rice, tuna, medical supplies and water in the hope of arranging air drops
to both East Timor and West Timor, where thousands of refugees have been forcibly
But by last night there had been no go-ahead for the drops and two UN Hercules flew
into Darwin after aborting an unannounced mercy mission to rescue more than 1,000
people in the beleaguered UN compound in Dili. There will be further attempts to
fly the refugees to Darwin.
New reports of atrocities emerged yesterday, including accounts of refugees being
shipped out to sea under the direction of soldiers wearing UN helmets and jackets.
The refugees were enticed on board by being told they were going to Java or Australia,
but the empty vessels returned to port after only a short time, according to the
The Darwin-based East Timorese International Support Centre has received witness accounts
from Dili of piles of bodies burnt in the streets just before a UN delegation arrived
on Saturday to assess the situation.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Downer, flew to New York yesterday for talks
with Mr Annan and Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Mr Ali Alitas.
The earliest that talks on the peacekeeping force could begin is tonight, Sydney time.
However, Indonesian reservations about Australians leading the 7,000-strong force
risk drawing out the negotiations.
Indonesia's President Habibe announced clearance for the force on Sunday night, but
almost immediately Australia's role became an issue.
By yesterday, the Prime Minister, with strong backing from the UN Secretary-General,
Mr Kofi Annan, and President Clinton, was insisting that Australia would do the job
it was asked to do.
Mr Howard rejected suggestions from some in Indonesia that the force should be led
by an Asian nation.
"We have been asked to lead it and as far as I am concerned that is entirely appropriate,"
he said. No representative of the Indonesian Government had suggested to him that
Australia should not lead it.
As planning intensified for the force, which will initially include 2,000 Australians,
Mr Howard signalled that Australian defence and aid spending was likely to rise as
part of a response to the changing region.
"There is nothing in the Australian-US alliance which says that every time we are
involved together, the Americans have to provide the lion share and take the lead,
particularly when it's something right on our doorstep".
"I think it is quite possible that this country will have to spend more money on defence
in the years ahead."
Troops waiting and at the ready
By PETER COLE-ADAMS, Defence Correspondent
As the humanitarian tragedy in East Timor deepens, the shape of a multilateral peacekeeping
force is in limbo.
Everything depends, first, on talks in New York tonight, Sydney time, between the
United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, and the Indonesian Foreign Minister,
Mr Ali Alatas, and, second, on decisions then to be made by the UN Security Council.
The Defence Minister, Mr Moore, indicated that although key Australian units were
ready to go within 24 hours, it would probably be the end of the week at the earliest
before advance elements of the force could be sent into East Timor.
He ruled out an immediate drop of food and emergency supplies to thousands of refugees
who have fled from Dili into the mountains.
"If you start flying over East Timor at the sort of altitudes you need to drop effectively
over hill country, you'd certainly be putting yourself into considerable danger,"
he said, adding that there were thousands of Indonesian troops in the province.
About a dozen countries have agreed in principle to join Australia in contributing
to a multi-nation force, but many are holding off on detailed pledges until the Security
Council authorises a peacekeeping mission and spells out its mandate and rules of
The concern is that the Indonesians will try to negotiate limited numbers (particularly
of Australians and other non-Asians) and a tightly restricted and lightly armed role
for the multinational force in the period between now and ratification of the independence vote next month or in early November by the Indonesian People's Consultative
Jakarta may also try to resist calls from Australia, the United States and Mr Annan
for Australia to provide the commander of the force, at least during this interim
period when the multi-national force may have to operate alongside the Indonesian
Informed sources say the commander of the Australian contingent is likely to be Brigadier
David Hurley, the commander of the Darwin-based Ist Brigade, but it is not certain
that he, or any Australian, will be the overall commander in this interim phase.
Among those named as likely to take over as commander of the multi-nation force after
East Timor becomes independent under UN control later this year is Brigadier Mike
Smith, a former commander of the ready deployment brigade in Townsville and now directing East Timor policy in the International Policy Division at the Defence Department.
Australia has pledged to provide up to 4,500 troops to the international force, including
air and naval elements. Britain is ready to send 250 Brunei-based Gurkha soldiers
and the guided-missile destroyer HMS Glasgow, which carries a detachment of marines. New Zealand has already sent a Hercules transport to Darwin and has at least 350
troops on stand-by.
The US has yet to spell out its role, but has indicated that it will provide crucial
transport, logistics and communications.
Countries that have given in-principle commitments are Canada, France, Portugal, Sweden
and four members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations: Malaysia, the Philippines,
Thailand and Singapore. Cambodia and Brazil have also expressed interest in participating. Japan is ready to make a financial contribution.
Bodies burn, refugees starve amid fears of 'final solution'
By BERNARD LAGAN in Darwin
Piles of bodies were burnt on the streets of Dili at the weekend and tens of thousands
of refugees were without food or water as they fled the militias and the Indonesian
Reports out of Dili described fresh atrocities, including renewed targeting of nuns
and priests, the shooting ofpeople on the waterfront and boats packed with refugeesleaving
the port only to return empty shortly after.
Dr Andrew McNaughton, spokesman for the Darwin-based East Timorese International Support
Centre, feared the militias and the Indonesian Army had embarked on "a final solution"
in East Timor that had echoes of Nazi Germany.
He also doubted that the UN peacekeeping force would arrive in time to save thousands
from dying of thirst and starvation.
Some have already died and many more are expected to succumb within days if urgent
attempts by the UN to arrange air drops of water and food out of Darwin fail.
UN and East Timorese groups stressed that immediate air drops were critical if thousands
were to be saved in both East Timor and West Timor, where many have been forcibly
But by last night there had been no go-ahead from the Indonesian authorities.
The East Timorese International Support Centre said it received witness accounts yesterday
of piles of bodies burnt on Dili streets just before a UN Security Council delegation
arrived on Saturday.
Dr McNaughton said an estimated 300,000 East Timorese were now hiding in the mountains
and seeking protection from the pro-independence Falantil groups. But they were running
out of food and water.
"People are dying, particularly the old and the young," he said. "This is exactly
what is happening now."
Dr McNaughton said that in Dare, about 20 kilometres from Dili, about 30,000 refugees
were sheltering in a monastery and two people had reportedly died overnight from
The UN's spokesman in Darwin, Mr David Wimhurst, said: "There are hundreds of thousands
of refugees clustered in the mountains without adequate food, or no food. They are
living on roots or what they can scavenge."
He confirmed that priests, nuns and other church workers were still being attacked.
The latest to die was the Acting Moderator of the East Timor Protestant Church, the
Rev Francisco da Vasconcelos Ximenes who was pulled from a truck and executed at
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