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BACK DOOR Newsletter on East Timor

Reconstruction and 'Aid & Development'
Provizaun ba Uma sira
Alojamento e Reconstrução
Pembangunan Kembali:

A collection of items about the provision of housing since the massive violence and destruction of infrastructure committed by militia groups trained and supported by the Indonesian army.


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Up-Dated: Jan 29, 2002

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Main Contents: BD: Reconstruction and 'Aid & Development' 

see also Infrastructures

Aug 16 Caritas Australia programs 2000 - 2001 - Emergency Relief  Report added Aug 19
"Oecussi is an isolated enclave of East Timor, which is totally surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. ... The people of Oecussi suffered greatly in the violence of 1999, as a consequence of their isolation. ... It was the scene of some of the worst massacres and destruction with a number of mass graves being discovered and 80% of houses severely damaged or destroyed. Virtually every building left standing was stripped of its roofing iron which was taken away by the militia. ... The people of Oecussi largely live in rural communities, in houses made of wood, palm fronds and grass. These houses were burnt to the ground during the militia violence. Displaced people returned to nothing." Caritas

Portuguese:
Dec 22 2000 OTL: Reconstruir infra-estruturas adaptadas e sustentáveis  Report added Apr 4
"a chegada dum grande número de estrangeiros com necessidades de conforto e capacidades financeiras superiores levou à satisfação prioritária deste sector, ocupando edifícios e casas menos destruídas ou dando-lhe primazia na reconstrução e fornecimento de bens. Mais de um ano depois da chegada das NU, a imensa maioria dos timorenses, sobretudo em Dili, vive em ruínas." Observatório Timor Leste

Dec 22 2000 ETO: Reconstructing suitable sustainable infrastructures  Report added Dec 30
"The large influx of foreigners with different standards of comfort and greater financial capacity has meant that satisfying their needs has become a priority area: they took over the less damaged buildings and houses, and were given priority in reconstruction and supply of materials. Meanwhile, a year after the UN's arrival, the vast majority of Timorese, especially those in Dili, are still living amidst the ruins." East Timor Observatory

Dec 4 2000 COHRE: Housing Rights Ignored in the Reconstruction Added Dec 6
"the East Timorese people eager to re-build their nation. Sadly there is little or no consultation with communities on housing or other issues that affect their lives by the UN. There are about 174 East Timorese NGOs ready to contribute to the development process, yet they are left out of the decision making process. This is frustrating to all involved." Ken Fernandes, COHRE's Asia & Pacific Coordinator


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