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ID number P04315.023
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 120 safety base
Photographer Dupont, Stephen
Place made East Timor: Dili
Date made September 1999
Copyright holder Dupont, Stephen
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


Dili burns as a displaced man (out of picture) pushes a cart with a small child on board along a street. Following the announcement of the pro-independence ballot result in September 1999, the pro-Indonesian militia launched a campaign of arson, murder and destruction. Shortly afterwards, on 20 September, the first Australian troops were deployed to East Timor as part of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET), an Australian led international mission to bring peace and stability to East Timor under the United Nations mandate.