September 13, 1999 |
"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.
May 20, 1998 |
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.
September 26, 1999 |
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.
January 28, 2001 |
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.
July 8, 2000 |
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.
August 28, 2001 |
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.