Former US priest on trial for sex abuse in East Timor

American clergyman accused of abusing children younger than 14 in a home for disadvantaged youth that he founded and ran. The trial of a defrocked American priest charged with sexually abusing young girls at his shelter for orphans and children from impoverished families in East Timor has begun on Tuesday. Richard Daschbach, 84, a former […]

Xanana Gusmão condemned over visit to paedophile priest

Xanana Gusmão, independence hero and East Timor’s former president, has drawn rare condemnation after being accused of whitewashing the crimes of a disgraced American priest who is due to stand trial next week in a landmark child-sex abuse case in the Catholic-majority Southeast Asian nation. The controversial meeting took place on January 26 – the […]

How tiny Timor-Leste kept the coronavirus at bay

Jakarta, Indonesia – Timor-Leste, formerly known as East Timor, has a creaky healthcare system and is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but even as neighbouring Indonesia grapples with one of the worst outbreaks in the region, it has managed to keep the virus at bay. The country had reported only 44 COVID-19 infections […]

The Return of East Timor’s Children

After Indonesia occupied East Timor in 1975, an estimated 4,000 Timorese children were “stolen” from their homeland. They were raised by Indonesian families across the archipelago. Now, decades later, victims of these forced separations are beginning to return to East Timor in search of their long-lost families. 101 East follows their heart-wrenching journey home. Source: Al […]