Timor-Leste Civil Disturbance Relief in Dili

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Project Brief

In April 2006, riots broke out in Dili, capital of East Timor following rivalry and discrimination within the military and expanded to general violence throughout the country.

40 people were killed during fighting between pro-government troops and disaffected Falintil troops. As the situation esculated into a crisis, several countries intervened by sending military peace-keeping troops.

The situation resulted in 27 refugee camps in Dili, 67,000 internally displaced persons, of which 30,000 were aged 15 and under. There was a great need of medical attention and
nutrition to be delivered.

In collaboration with LOVE SINGAPORE, CRS sent a team of doctors and nurses to conduct medical mobile clinics and milk powder distribution to the refugee camps and internally
displaced people.

Reports from the field:

Timor Leste Report

Timor Leste Report

Timor Leste Report

By: Gideon Tan

Our relief work:
Medical mobile clinics and milk powder distribution.
Medical mobile clinics treating about 200-300 patients per day per camp.
Milk powder distribution for 300 children per refugee camp.

Personal reflections/thoughts
This was my first overseas mission trip after graduating as a physiotherapist. I had very much wanted to learn and explore what God was doing and the needs in other parts of the world then. Also, I thought it would be good if I could offer a “first fruits” offering before stepping into the working world by going on to a mission trip.

The blessings were tremendous. I made new friends, learnt that needs are real and diverse, unity is key, a little can be much with love. I was also blessed with several job opportunities after I returned from the trip. I hope this short note can encourage you to take a step of faith and embark on a trip. Truly, it’s more blessed to give than receive!
Gideon Tan, July 2006


Pre-departure prayer coverage with
loved ones and church friends
Group photo with members from different churches
Evidence of looting and burning in towns.
Children of Timor. The next generation of the land.
Koon Jin attending to a patient’s needs.
Children receiving multi-vitamins supplements.
Bringing joy and love into young war-torn lives
The art of bubble blowing, no hands required!
The winding journey to different hospitals and make-shift
A clinic performed in a make-shift shelter.
The victorious power of love over strife. An encouragement from the children of the youngest nation, East Timor.