All photos by LAC Eve Welsh RNZAF
Members of the New Zealand Battalion group based at Suai greeted families returning to East Timor from the West last
Wednesday. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees administered the crossings, recording a total of two hundred
and fifty seven returnees. The families were assisted in their repatriation by New Zealand Peace Keepers in the
facilities of Junction Point Foxtrot, the border position managed by New Zealanders.
Everything but the kitchen sink. Private Brenden Dyer from the Bay of Islands, loads a pig back onto one of the UNHCR
vehicles carrying refugees back into East Timor.
Goodbye and good luck. Private Ngati Uriao from Lynfield, Auckland, farewells a family who have just returned from
Betun, West Timor as they head toward the UNHCR Transit Centre near Suai.
The first of many. Indonesian trucks cross the tactical coordination line at Junction Point Foxtrot loaded with refugees
and possessions. These people are enroute back to the Ainaro district after 2 years in the refugee camps in West Timor.
All part of the security process. Private Kirsty Knox from Paraparaumu, searches a female refugee for prohibited items
as she passes through the NZBATT search facility at Junction Point Foxtrot
Sgt Perry Karatau of Bulls, directs refugees who have been screened back to the area where their possessions have been
checked and loaded onto trucks. Next stop for these people was overnight in a UNHCR Transit Centre and then back to
their home districts after two years away.