Fear stalks Timor again
May 21: In 1992, Ventos lost his father, killed by the Indonesian army. Still a child, he hid in the mountains of occupied East Timor. Today, a 23-year-old student in an independent country, he has new fears. For several nights he has been sleeping at the house of his adopted father in the countryside outside the capital Dili.
"It's because of the rumours," he explains. "People say we must flee, that armed men are coming. If one person said it I would not believe them, but when most people are saying it..." Fears rose after a rally last month in support of 600 former soldiers who were sacked when they deserted their barracks complaining they were being passed over for promotions due to their ethnicity