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Tuesday, September 21, 1999 Published at 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Refugees: Images of joy and sadness



East Timorese refugees cheer the arrival of lorries carrying Australian troops and UN representatives to a camp in Dare.


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The throng almost envelops the convoy carrying the International Force in East Timor (Interfet) soldiers.


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Not everyone seems comfortable with the weaponry on show.


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The road to Dare was lined with jubilant villagers.


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In the camp itself, a traditional dance to celebrate the end of the militias' reign of terror.


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But not all are smiling. In Indonesian West Timor - where the militiamen still hold sway - the refugees face a daily struggle.


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The camps around Kupang, West Timor's main town, are rudimentary and ramshackle; icons provide some comfort.


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Indeed, for many of the displaced, prayers at shrines to the Virgin Mary offer the only solace.




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