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ID number P04504.016
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file TIFF
Photographer Parker, David Dare
Place made Timor: Dili
Date made c September 1999
Copyright holder Parker, David Dare
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


Refugees, holding babies in their arms, recently returned to the burnt-out remains of their homes, look on as more nearby buildings go up in flames. Members of anti-independence militias burned many buildings in Dili as they left the city, following the arrival of the Australian led International Force for East Timor (INTERFET). The militia had been responsible for a wave of killings, arson and intimidation, following the East Timorese vote for independence on 30 August 1999.