East Timor

NPR's Eric Weiner reports Australian-led international peacekeepers in East Timor made their first forays outside the capital of Dili today, sending a heavily armed convoy to the town of Dare. That hill town has been a relatively safe area for some of the thousands who fled the violence in Dili. Refugees watched Dili burn and fear that little of their previous lives will be left when they return home. Of more immediate concern, though, was the small amount of food the convoy brought in. Refugees have eked out a bare subsistence on roots and leaves. In a clear sign that security has yet to be established even in Dili, a reporter for the Financial Times was found dead there today. Sander Thoenes, a Dutch national, was shot, a witness said, by pro-Indonesian militia.

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