East Timor: Eve of Independence
Christine Carrascalao, Dili, East Timor, April 1999.
Christine in the back yard of her house with some of the children who had sought refuge there.
This makeshift camp was set up by her father, the local pro-independence politician Manuel Carrascalao and housed approximately 120 IDP's from the Maubara district, who had left their homes after being violently intimidated by the pro-Indonesian militias.
Two weeks after this picture was taken, pro-Indonesian Eurico Guterres, leader of the feared 'Aitarak' militia, urged his supporters to break into the camp, which resulted in the murder of at least 11 of the IDP's, including Manuelito, the 17-year-old brother of Christine.
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