1999 Mission Report: Timor Leste Election

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The stories are many but the morale is the same, the people have shown a tremendous amount of courage In the midst of so much violence and atrocities. Behind this courage are two main strong determined streaks. One is to make the choice and determine the fate of their land and life. The other is the equally strong expectation that the International community in the form of the UN has finally come to help them In fulfilling their long Pasting dream and with the promise to be there for them regardless of the choice they make. People seemed determined to endure death and violence for the sake of the belief that their vote may finally redeem them and pave the way for a better life. The greatest lesson we can all learn from the vote in East Timor is that It is a testament to Aung San Suu Kyi's statement that "the spirit of man can transcend the flaws of human nature".




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