(from DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE series?
East Timor finally became an independent country in the 21st century, after being colonised by the Portuguese for hundreds of years, occupied by the Japanese army during World War 2, and annexed to Indonesia from 1975. When the independence of East Timor was settled, and the Indonesian army withdrew, Indonesia took advantage of its militia to burn down much of the infrastructure and many buildings.
Approximately over 90 percent of private houses were burnt down. Walking around the capital of Dili, I could see the sky from the windows of houses. All of the roofs were not burnt down. This is the price that the people of East Timor had to pay to obtain the freedom of their own country.
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