29 October 2007
Caritas Aotearoa NZ supports Timorese partner in recovery from violence
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The burnt-out remains of Caritas Baucau's kindergarten. Source: Caritas Baucau
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has given NZ$6,680 to Caritas Baucau in Timor Leste, to help its recovery from
post-election violence in the fledgling nation, which gained independence from Indonesia in 1999.
Caritas Baucau's offices were trashed, and its associated kindergarten burnt out, in violence which rocked parts of the
country following the announcement of a new government in August. Church facilities and international non-government
organisations came under particular attack.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has supported Caritas Baucau's rural health and HIV/AIDS education programme. It is one of
six partner agencies in Timor Leste supported by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.