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Australian troops, members of Interfet, disarm and arrest members of the Aitarak Militia, Dili East Timor September 21, 1999.

Istiqlal Mosque Jakarta

Built by Sukarno in the 1960’s, up to 10,000 worshippers can worship at Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque.

Reformasi

Students risk arrest as they demonstrate for Government Reform (Reformasi) outside the grounds of Gadja Mahda University. Yogyakarta Indonesia 1998

Election Rally

Election rally. Jakarta June 1999

Reformasi

Students celebrate from the top of the People’s Consultative Assembly as Suharto's 32 year rule comes to an end, May 21 1998.

Cipinang Prison

Waiting outside Cipinang Prison for political prisoners to be release Jakarta Indonesia June 1999

June 1999 Elections Jakarta Indonesia

Amien Rais Rally. June 1999 Elections Jakarta Indonesia

Clash

Rioters burn Golkar flags Jakarta Indonesia June elections 1999

Clash

Anti-Golkar party rioters clash with military in Jakarta during the June 1999 elections.

Senen

Putting up election campaign posters in Senen, one of Jakarta's poorest areas Indonesia June 1999

Megawati Sukarnoputri

Megawati Sukarnoputri leaves a PDI-P Rally Jakarta June 1999 Elections

Sunda Kelapa

Exotic timber is unloaded from wodden shipes called 'Pinisi' at the port of Sunda Kelapa in Jakarta, Indonesia

Shellfish harvest in the Indonesian village of Kali Baru, Java

Shellfish harvest in the Indonesian village of Kali Baru, Java

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Idul Fitri

Celebrating the end of Idul Fitri at the Grand Mosque, Banda Aceh. Indonesia

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Young survivor of the Lhokseumawe massacre Aceh Indonesia June 1999 David Dare Parker / Network Photographers T +61 2 9358 1984 sydneyoffice@networkphotographers.com

Aceh Merdeka (GAM) rebel held area Aceh June 1999

Aceh Merdeka (GAM) rebel held area Aceh June 1999

Lili, 24 year old prostitute

Lili, 24 year old prostitute, sells her body for the equivalent of one US dollar, Surabaya

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Dolly - Surabaya's notorious prostitution area, Indonesia David Dare Parker/Network Photographers

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Dolly - Surabaya's notorious prostitution area, Indonesia David Dare Parker/Network Photographers

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Mandy - a Banci (transvestite) Ludruk performer prepares in the same cell-like room she sleeps in beneath the stage. Many of the performers live and work at the theatre, a rundown building in the Tobong area of Surabaya

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Ludruk - Javanese People's Theatre performed by Banci - Transvestites - Surabaya David Dare Parker/Network Photographers

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Jakarta Fashion Show

Fashion show featuring the work of Indonesian designer Widhi Budimulia Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta January 2004

Jakarta Fashion Show

Fashion show featuring the work of Indonesian designer Widhi Budimulia Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta January 2004

Senen

Senen, one of Jakarta's poorest areas. Here people live in illegally erected shacks precariously near fast moving trains.

Senen, one of Jakarta's poorest areas

Senen, one of Jakarta's poorest areas. Here people live in illegally erected shacks precariously near fast moving trains.

Senen

Senen, one of Jakarta's poorest areas. Here people live in illegally erected shacks precariously near fast moving trains.

Militia Victims

All that remains of a local village leader is a trail of blood and an image of Christ laid upon the remains by locals as a mark of respect. The man was murdered by Pro-autonmony Militia. August 1999

Pro-Autonomy Graffiti

Anti-independence and pro-independence graffiti Dili East Timor September 1999 ©David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

Dili attack

The machete being the weopon of choice, Independence supporters prepare for an expected pro-Jakarta Milita Attack near Hera. Dili East Timor September 1999.

Pro-Independence supporters

Independence supporters prepare for an expected pro-Jakarta Milita Attack near Hera. Dili East Timor September 1999.

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Septembre 1999 East Timor- Dili - Aitarak pro- autonom militia Funeral of notorious Aitarak Militia Member Placido Ximenes ( 41yrs) near Komoro Airport ©David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

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Aitarak Militia members mourn the death of Placidio Ximenes at the Tropical Hotel, Dili East Timor 1999 Ximenes was killed during a clash between Pro-autonomy Militia and Pro-Independence supporters.

Refugees

Refugees take shelter near UNIMET headquarters in fear of Militia attack, Dili East Timor August 1999 ©David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

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Dili Arrest

TIMOR ORIENTAL (21/09/1999) / DILI East Timor Australian troops disarm and arrest members of the pro-autonomy Aitarak (Thorn) Militia Dili (Tues, 21 September 1999) ©David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

Interfet troops arrest Aitarak Militia

Australian troops, members of Interfet, disarm and arrest members of the Aitarak Militia, Dili East Timor September 21, 1999.

Dili East Timor

East Timorese return to the burnt out remains of their homes only to find rogue elements with the departing Indonesian Military burning nearby buildings. September 1999

Dili burns

Departing Indonesian forces and local Militia's burn Dili East Timor September 1999

Interfet Dili

An Australian soldier takes cover as Dili burns. East Timor September 1999

Militia victims

The remains of ten independence supporters, killed by Militia and rogue Indonesian forces, are found in the back of a burnt out pickup truck. Tacitolu September 26 1999

Dili East Timor

TIMOR ORIENTAL (09/1999) / DILI EvŽnements consŽquents au rŽfŽrendum sur l'indŽpendance du TIMOR ORIENTAL Australian troops randomly search for weapons at Dili Port- East Timor September 1999 © David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

Woman with pig

Gradually things start to return to normal in Dili East Timor September 1999 ©David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

Militia Victims

The bodies of two men, Yeronimo Yoaquim Galucho and Malicoli, murdered by Pro-autonmony Militia lie inside a building adorned with an image of Christ.

Militia Victims

Locals view the bodies of two men, Yeronimo Yoaquim Galucho and Malicoli, murdered by Pro-autonmony Militia lie inside a building adorned with an image of Christ.

Victims of Militia

Flowers placed on the skeletal remains of murdered pro-independances supporters. The remains are those of Yeronimo Yoaquim Galucho, 42 years old and his neighbor Malicoli, 65 years old, killed by rampaging Militia Dili East Timor ©David Dare Parker/AsiaWorks Photography

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Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)

Soon to be President of Indonesia, Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) sings for supporters at Cilincing, one of Jakarta's poorest areas - Independence Day Jakarta Indonesia August 17 2004

Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)

A supporter wears a Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) T-shirt at Independence celebrations in Jakarta Indonesia August 17 2004

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Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) greets supporters while attending Friday Prayer August 2004

Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)

Soon to be President of Indonesia Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono with wife Kristiani Herwati and supporters pray during Indonesia's Independence Day celebrations- Jakarta Indonesia August 17 2004

Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)

Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono greets supporters in Cilincing, one of Jakarta's poorest areas. Independence Day - Indonesia August 17 2004

Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)

Soon to be President of Indonesia Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono with wife Kristiani Herwati and supporters - Jakarta Indonesia August 17 2004

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Tsunami Aftermath

TSUNAMI AFTERMATH - Having survived a decades old war between the Indonesian Military and GAM, Aceh is struck by a Tsunami on December 26th, 2004, claiming the lives of thousands.

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Tsunami Aceh

The bodies of victims of the Tsunami that claimed the lives of well over a hundred thousand people lie beside a bridge in Banda Aceh January 2005

Tsunami Aceh

On December 26th, 2004 a Tsunami devastated the city of Banda Aceh leaving many thousands of people dead and millions homeless.

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Tsunami Aceh

On December 26th, 2004 a Tsunami devastated the city of Banda Aceh leaving many thousands of people dead and millions homeless.

Jose Ramos Horta

Refugees taking shelter from the violence that erupted in Dili listen to East Timor Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Ramos Horta as he visits the Canossian Sisters and hundreds of internally displaced people at Balide. Dili East Timor 12 June 2006

Dili burns

A man throws water from a bucket onto a raging fire, as yet another building go up in Dili, East Timor 05/06/06

Dili burns

Australian peacekeeprs provide security for East Timorese firefighters, the Bombeiros, attempt to put out a major fire lit by fueding gangs in Calico, near the Old Market area, as continual violence, looting and arson disrupt Dili. Acts of arson across Dili have become a continual occurence. 07/06/06

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Dili gangs

A man is arrested after a number of houses are burnt to the ground and a local man brutally attacked by a rival gang. The arrested man was found with two vicious, handmade darts in his possession. Violence continues to plague Dili as continual clashes erupt between Easterners ( Lorosae) and Westerners (Loromonu) in Dili. 080606

Dili burns

East Timorese firefighters, the Bombeiros, attempt to put out a major fire lit by fueding gangs. Acts of arson across Dili have become a continual occurence. 030606 David Dare Parker

Dili burns

Australian peacekeeprs provide security for East Timorese firefighters, the Bombeiros, attempt to put out a major fire lit by fueding gangs in Calico, near the Old Market area, as continual violence, looting and arson disrupt Dili. Acts of arson across Dili have become a continual occurence. 07/06/06

Demonstrators

Some 2,000 protesters are stopped briefly at a military roadblock as they head for Dili to show their suipport for Xanana Gusmao, and demand the removal of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. East Timor 060606

President Xanana Gusmao

Escorted by international peacekeepers some 2,000 protesters in trucks, buses and on motorbikes shouted "bring down Alkatiri" and voiced support for President Xanana Gusmao as they entered Dili. Gusmao asked them to return to their own places and called for an end to the violence. 060606

Major Alfredo Reinado

Major Alfredo Reinado at a press conference in Maubisse, East Timor, 11 June 2006. Rebel leaders Major Alfredo Reinado and Manuel Tilman announce they are planning a conference to seek ways of modifying East Timor’s constitution to allow greater power for President Xanana Gusmao. Current Prime Minister Mari Alkitiri “does not have the confidence of the people” said Tilman. “Time is the most dangerous weapon” said Reinado.

East Timor August 1999

Later that afternoon we drove towards Becora, a pro-Independence stronghold, where we had heard there was a clash taking place - but we came in from the wrong side. It was hard to tell who was who, they all looked alike, no uniforms to distinguish who was who. This time we made sure we had the car facing the other way - around so we could make a fast getaway if we needed. As soon as the militia saw us they started to chase us, firing shots as they ran - they were so close I could hear their footsteps behind me. By the time we got to the car the driver was in a panic and was trying to take off and leave us - the wheels were spinning but he had the hand brake on or something, so he wasn’t going anywhere - I thought it was all over. Then my colleague Kemal the journalist either grabbed the hand brake or convinced the driver to stop allowing us the time to dived inside the back of the car. Suddenly we were covered in glass. One of the militia man failed to get his last shot off, so he through his still loaded pipe-gun through the back window of our car.

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I have been trying to track down people I had photographed during East Timor’s fight for independence in 1999. The project’s aim is to find the survivors and continue to tell their stories, a task made even more difficult by the fact I had made the decision not to record names at that time, not wanting my notes to fall into the wrong hands and place people at risk. It was a dangerous time for everyone. The other day, two close friends, UNMIT photographers Martine Perret and Dino Soares, graciously managed to track down a family I had photographed in Dili back then. The photograph shows the family having just returned to the burnt out remains of their home. It was tense, as rampaging Militia, alongside Indonesian soldiers, were continuing to torch nearby buildings. I was immediately struck by that look of concern on the father’s face. I took a photograph and moved on. On March 22nd, 2011, it was an absolute pleasure to be formally introduced to Marsal Guterres and his family, wife Tereza Da Silva Almeida Dos Santos, daughter Martina Margarida Guterres, 13 years old, and son, Jacinto Guterres Da Silva, 11.

Wayang Kulit Bali

Wayang Kulit - (Shadow Puppets) Kuningan Festival Bali Indonesia

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