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September 23, 1999 | DAVID LAMB and MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than a thousand refugees carrying the flag of pro-independence East Timor streamed out of the mountains Wednesday to seek food, look for missing relatives and test the safety of this territorial capital. At one point, desperate East Timorese looted warehouses, making off with huge sacks of rice, sugar and cooking oil before international peacekeepers turned the crowd back. But the refugees, many of them young men, did not stay long.
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September 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has offered to join neighboring Nauru as a processing center for asylum seekers who were refused entry by Australia, Australian officials said. Australia is refusing entry to refugees arriving by boat--many run by smugglers--at its islands between the mainland and Indonesia. Last month, New Zealand offered to house and process the asylum applications of about 150 of 430 refugees plucked from a sinking ferry. Most are from Afghanistan.
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NEWS
June 30, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Hundreds of refugees fleeing religious fighting in the Molucca Islands were feared drowned Thursday after their overloaded ship sank without a trace in stormy waters off eastern Indonesia. Radio contact with the vessel, carrying nearly 500 passengers and crew, was lost after its captain radioed that it was fast taking on water during a violent storm, the National Search and Rescue Agency said. "There are four ships searching, but they have found no sign of the vessel," said Col.
NEWS
September 1, 2001 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 430 refugees stuck for days on a Norwegian cargo ship off Australia's Christmas Island will be sent to New Zealand and Nauru, where their claims for asylum will be heard, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said today.
NEWS
September 13, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Please, mister, I beg of you, don't leave us," an old woman named Marie said, grabbing the hand of Namibia's ambassador to the United Nations. She sobbed and caught her breath. "If you go, they will kill us. All of us." Marie said she didn't know who this man was, but he was tall and gray-bearded and wore clean clothes, and she was sure that he must be important. Maybe, just maybe, she said, he had the power to help. Was he Kofi Annan, the U.N. secretary-general? she asked.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1998 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his listening post here, attorney Gary Kotara monitored today's National Awakening Day rallies in Indonesia closely, hoping for some sign that the violence that has cost that beleaguered nation 500 lives and half a billion dollars is coming to an end. Many of Kotara's clients watched with him, having been hastily evacuated over the weekend from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, after the shooting by police of six students sparked several days of violent protests, rioting and looting.
NEWS
September 26, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marcelino Gutteres has been on the run longer than he can remember. Two weeks, or is it three? He's lost track. He feels as though he's seen the world: Dili. Up into the mountains. Out to the western coast. Back to Dili. Where next? he asks. And he answers his own question: "Maybe home." For Gutteres, 22, home is Dili. But his family is scattered somewhere. Maybe in West Timor. Maybe hiding in the mountains. Everything a maybe.
NEWS
January 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia has started taking measures to improve security in West Timor province's squalid refugee camps and appears willing to discuss ways to clear them out entirely, senior U.N. and East Timorese officials said.
NEWS
July 8, 2000 | From Reuters
At least 22 people were killed when heavily armed men attacked and razed a mainly Christian village in Indonesia's ravaged Molucca Islands, forcing thousands to flee into the nearby jungle, media reported today. The Antara news agency said fighters armed with mortars, grenades and rifles raided a village Thursday near Ambon, the provincial capital, in response to an earlier shooting of three Muslims that left one dead.
NEWS
August 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A ship carrying 434 refugees will be allowed to dock and the migrants can stay temporarily on humanitarian grounds, Indonesian officials said today after Australia rejected the vessel. The Norwegian-registered cargo ship rescued the asylum seekers from a sinking Indonesian ferry, the KM Palapa 1, early Monday. But some of the Afghan and Sri Lankan passengers demanded that their rescuers take them to Australia and not back to Indonesia.
NEWS
August 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A ship carrying 434 refugees will be allowed to dock and the migrants can stay temporarily on humanitarian grounds, Indonesian officials said today after Australia rejected the vessel. The Norwegian-registered cargo ship rescued the asylum seekers from a sinking Indonesian ferry, the KM Palapa 1, early Monday. But some of the Afghan and Sri Lankan passengers demanded that their rescuers take them to Australia and not back to Indonesia.
NEWS
February 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
Refugees fleeing ethnic slaughter in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island boarded a navy ship here today as two bodies floated by the dock--reminders of the continuing violence that has claimed at least 182 lives. Thousands of refugees crammed aboard trucks and headed to the river port, where ships were preparing to evacuate them to Indonesia's Java island. Others were being taken overland to other parts of the Central Kalimantan province.
NEWS
January 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia has started taking measures to improve security in West Timor province's squalid refugee camps and appears willing to discuss ways to clear them out entirely, senior U.N. and East Timorese officials said.
NEWS
September 10, 2000 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The angry militia members carried the headless corpse of their leader through the town of Atambua, looking for revenge. After a year of living in squalid refugee camps in the province of West Timor and surviving on handouts from the United Nations, they knew right where to go: the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. A mob of 6,000 gathered outside and screamed for the death of foreigners--any foreigners, one witness said.
NEWS
July 8, 2000 | From Reuters
At least 22 people were killed when heavily armed men attacked and razed a mainly Christian village in Indonesia's ravaged Molucca Islands, forcing thousands to flee into the nearby jungle, media reported today. The Antara news agency said fighters armed with mortars, grenades and rifles raided a village Thursday near Ambon, the provincial capital, in response to an earlier shooting of three Muslims that left one dead.
NEWS
June 30, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Hundreds of refugees fleeing religious fighting in the Molucca Islands were feared drowned Thursday after their overloaded ship sank without a trace in stormy waters off eastern Indonesia. Radio contact with the vessel, carrying nearly 500 passengers and crew, was lost after its captain radioed that it was fast taking on water during a violent storm, the National Search and Rescue Agency said. "There are four ships searching, but they have found no sign of the vessel," said Col.
NEWS
February 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
Refugees fleeing ethnic slaughter in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island boarded a navy ship here today as two bodies floated by the dock--reminders of the continuing violence that has claimed at least 182 lives. Thousands of refugees crammed aboard trucks and headed to the river port, where ships were preparing to evacuate them to Indonesia's Java island. Others were being taken overland to other parts of the Central Kalimantan province.
NEWS
September 14, 1999 | MAGGIE FARLEY and DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The United Nations evacuated its besieged compound in East Timor today, flying 1,300 refugees and most of its staff to Australia. U.N. spokesmen in Dili, East Timor's provincial capital, said by phone that the evacuation had been negotiated with Indonesian authorities and that it was proceeding without incident. Among those leaving for Darwin, Australia, were 110 local and international U.N. staffers, including mission chief Ian Martin. A U.N.
NEWS
September 26, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marcelino Gutteres has been on the run longer than he can remember. Two weeks, or is it three? He's lost track. He feels as though he's seen the world: Dili. Up into the mountains. Out to the western coast. Back to Dili. Where next? he asks. And he answers his own question: "Maybe home." For Gutteres, 22, home is Dili. But his family is scattered somewhere. Maybe in West Timor. Maybe hiding in the mountains. Everything a maybe.
NEWS
September 23, 1999 | DAVID LAMB and MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than a thousand refugees carrying the flag of pro-independence East Timor streamed out of the mountains Wednesday to seek food, look for missing relatives and test the safety of this territorial capital. At one point, desperate East Timorese looted warehouses, making off with huge sacks of rice, sugar and cooking oil before international peacekeepers turned the crowd back. But the refugees, many of them young men, did not stay long.
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