At the Dili Beach refugee transit site, East Timorese refugees wait for vaccinations by ...

Accession Number P03605.467
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Immig, John
Place made East Timor: Dili
Date made 13 January 2000
Conflict East Timor, 1999-2013
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

At the Dili Beach refugee transit site, East Timorese refugees wait for vaccinations by officials, probably of the office of the United nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Following the overwhelming vote for independence by the East Timorese on 30 August 1999 in the United Nations (UN) sponsored referendum, the pro-Indonesian militia launched a campaign of destruction, arson and murder, killing approximately 1500 people and forcing 300 000 others into West Timor as refugees. On 15 September, the UN issued a resolution, calling for a multinational force to restore peace and security and facilitate humanitarian assistance operations. By 20 September 1999, the first coalition force began deploying to East Timor as part of Australian-led International Force for East Timor (INTERFET). Refugees commenced returning to East Timor.

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