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Baucau Travel Blog

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The drive took us along the Coast, East out of Dili District, through Manatuto District and into Baucau District.

Baucau township used to be the Capital City for the country when it was governed by the Indonesians but when the Timorese voted for independence in 1999 the Indonesians were badly shocked because they believed the Timorese were happy with the way they were developing the country; roads, schooling, airports, systems of government and infrastructure.

Many timorese were happy with this development that they had never received under 600 years of Portuguese colonisation but the trouble was the Indonesian army was ruling the country with an iron fist and their brutality is believed to have been the cause of over 200 000 Timorese deaths, almost a third of the country's population.

Baucau is not much of a capital city now, more like a large town.  The most prominant structure is the airport with it's failing runway.  When the Indonesians lost rule in the public referendum the army withdrew, burning everything as they left.  Not much has been done with the ruined structures and this state of destruction is the one of the things hoping to be addressed by the United Nations Mission In Timor Leste (UNMIT).
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