East Timor..

…is an island country in the eastern Lesser Sunda Islands, at the southern extreme of the Malay Archipelago. It occupies the eastern half of the island of Timor, the small nearby islands of Atauro (Kambing) and Jaco, and the enclave of Ambeno, including the town of Pante Makasar, on the northwestern coast of Timor. Dili is the capital and largest city.

The eastern part of Timor island...

…is rugged, with the mountains rising to 9,721 feet (2,963 metres) at Mount Tatamailau (Tata Mailau) in the centre of a high plateau. The area has a dry tropical climate and moderate rainfall. Hilly areas are covered with sandalwood. Scrub and grass grow in the lowlands, together with coconut palms and eucalyptus trees. There are hot springs and numerous mountain streams.

Most of the people...

…are of Papuan, Malayan, and Polynesian origin and are predominantly Christian. About 40 different Papuan and Malayan languages or dialects are spoken, dominated by Tetum. Nearly all of the population is Roman Catholic, with tiny Protestant and Muslim minorities. Some vestiges of traditional religious beliefs are also practiced in conjunction with Catholicism. About seven-tenths of the population is rural. Of those classified as urban, roughly half live in Dili.

East Timor

A country torn in two

East Timor’s story begins with its early inhabitants, descendants of Australoid and Melanesian peoples, who settled the island thousands of years ago. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century, marking the onset of European influence and subsequent colonization. This period was characterized by trade and intermittent conflict with the Dutch, who controlled the western half of the island after the 1859 treaty.

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Two maps showing the geography of East Timor

World War II saw the Japanese occupation of East Timor, disrupting Portuguese rule temporarily. However, post-war, Portugal reasserted its control until 1975, when East Timor declared independence. This brief moment of self-determination was quickly overshadowed by Indonesia’s invasion and annexation, leading to a protracted and brutal occupation that lasted until 1999.

During Indonesia’s occupation, East Timor experienced significant infrastructural investments but also widespread dissatisfaction and conflict. The struggle for independence was marked by violence, with an estimated 102,800 conflict-related deaths occurring between 1975 and 19991. The Santa Cruz massacre of 1991, where Indonesian troops opened fire on a peaceful procession, became a turning point, drawing international attention to the Timorese plight.

The turning of the millennium brought a pivotal change for East Timor. In a UN-sponsored referendum, the Timorese overwhelmingly voted for independence, leading to a violent backlash by anti-independence militias supported by the Indonesian military. The resulting humanitarian crisis prompted the intervention of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET), which helped stabilize the situation.

East Timor’s journey towards nationhood culminated in international recognition in 2002. Despite its newfound independence, the country faced the challenges of rebuilding its infrastructure, addressing poverty, and fostering national unity.

My second novel A Flyblown Solution offers a fictionalized account of these tumultuous times. The book, set against the backdrop of East Timor’s struggle, follows the journey of Tony Tavinor, an ex-soldier who becomes embroiled in the island’s political and military turmoil. The narrative weaves the essence of East Timor’s fight for freedom with the complexities of international politics that influenced its path. I portray the characters’ battles against corruption and oppression in order to echoe the real-life experiences of many East Timorese during the occupation and their relentless drive towards independence.

A Flyblown Solution attempts to encapsulate this journey, offering readers a glimpse into the heartache and heroism that have shaped this young nation’s identity.

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