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Developing Timor-Leste

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South East Asia
Despite the strong Catholic influence brought by Portugese colonists, those in remote parts of Timor-Leste continue to practice animistic religions. I found this spirit house (Uma lulik) near a highlands village. Uma lulik hold the spirits of...
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Maliana, Timor-Leste
This proud fighting chicken owner was taking his rooster for a walk at the Mailana market in the central highlands of Timor-Leste. The rooster no doubt benefitted from the food refuse littering the ground. While cock fighting is an ugly sport, it...
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Balibo, Timor-Leste
This relatively nondescript house is unusual in the border regions of Timor-Leste simply for being a concrete structure. But it is also the scene of the massacre of the Balibo 5. It was the last refuge of five Australian based journalists, Greg...
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South East Asia
From this point on the highway, you can see the mountains of Indonesian West Timor. The peace and relative isolation of this scene could lead you to believe the region is uninhabited - but villages are scattered through the mountains and all...
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South East Asia
We came across this magnificent fish just as it was being hung by the side of the road for sale. We immediately stopped and bought it, for US$20, for our driver and his family. It was so big, we had to tie it to the bull bar of our SUV and it...
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Aileu, Timor-Leste
Tais are traditional Timorese weavings, made using back-strap looms by village women. They are now typically made with commercial yarns, although traditional fibres can be found if you hunt hard. Each district has its own characteristic patterns,...
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Balibo, Timor-Leste
While rice is grown in Timor-Leste, it is not grown well. The country still suffers from annual "hungry seasons," where crops fail and villagers literally starve for several months. Malnutrition remains pervasive, and Timor-Leste is one of the top...