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David Kirkland is the most widely published travel photographer in the Asia Pacific region. He is regularly commissioned by national tourism authorities to capture images that promote their countries worldwide and he has written and photographed 14 books. David owns www.kirklandphotos.com, the largest on-line photo library dedicated specifically to travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region and he has a publishing company - Frontier Publications Pty Ltd - which specialises in producing high quality travel and souvenir publications. When he's not travelling, David lives in Brisbane, Australia.
A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON TIMOR-LESTE’S STRUGGLE
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It’s hard to comprehend the brutality that descended on this tiny island nation – first when the Indonesian forces invaded it in 1975 and then when pro-Indonesian militia groups sought to exact their revenge on a country that voted for its independence 24 years later.
Two hundred thousand Timorese lives were lost as the Indonesian army swept through the country seeking to annihilate any resistance.
Now, 14 years after the country gained independence, there are uplifting signs of a resilient and determined people persevering against the odds – a determination, perhaps, reflected by this one legged boy playing soccer in the monsoon rains who has learned to extract joy from life’s smallest pleasures.