Subject: LUSA: Up to 1,000 refugees in Dili facing food shortages
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 09:30:35 -0500 (EST)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

07 JAN 99 - 07:45 East Timor: Up to 1,000 refugees in Dili facing food shortages

Sydney, Jan 7 (Lusa) - Up to 1,000 East Timorese have fled to the occupied territory's capital, Dili, in the wake of increased activities by the Indonesian military in other parts of the half-island. East Timorese sources told Lusa in Sydney by telephone from Dili on Wednesday that most of the refugees were from the areas of Maubara, Maliana, Viqueque, Alas, Same and Ainaro. Another source told Lusa that about 600 people had sought shelter in a church in Viqueque because of Indonesian military activities in the region. A source of the Timorese National Resistance Council (CNRT) told Lusa that the area of Ainaro continued to be "completedly closed" by the Indonesian occupation forces. Manuel Carrascalao, leader of the East Timor People's Movement for Unity and Reconciliation, told Lusa that the refugees in Dili were facing severe food shortages. Carrascalao said that over 100 people had sought shelter at his house in Dili. Other sources said that pro-Indonesian militias were spreading terror among the civilian population in East Timor's countryside.


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