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Subject: Hundreds of people flee their homes in E Timor
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 12:33:59 GMT

SOLID-NET Diterbitkan oleh SOLIDAMOR Solidaritas untuk Penyelesaian Damai Timor Leste Solidarity for Peace in East Timor Jl. Pramuka Jaya Sari No. 9 Jakarta Pusat Telp. (62-21) 422 4079, 422 6348. Faks. (021) 422 4079 E-mail:;

Translated by TAPOL


Jakarta, SolidNet (15/12)

Altogether 265 evacuees from the districts of Balibo, Atabai and Kailaku are at present in hiding for fear of being arrested by the Indonesian army. Their physical circumstances are appalling. They lack food and medicine, they have no proper place to stay and are out of touch with regular information, according to a source in East Timor whose identity cannot be revealed for security reasons.

In addition, there are 40 evacuees taking refuge in the Mailana parish priest's home as well as 187 evacuees who arrived in Dili from Turiskai. These evacuees include people of all ages, children as well as the elderly, and their conditions are similar to the evacuees from Balibo, Atabai and Kailaku.

According to our source, the evacuees fled from Balibo, Atabai, Kailaku and Mailana after the army began to hunt people down following the killing of two Indonesian soldiers in Bobonaro. The evacuees from Turiskai fled their homes in connection with the recent incidents in Alas.

'We very much hope that sympathisers of the people of East Timor will devote attention to this situation,' said our source.

TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: Campaigning to expose human rights violations in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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