Posted Friday September 04, 2015 by admin

East Timor’s road to independence – achieved on 20 May 2002 – was long and traumatic.

The people of the first new nation of the century suffered some of the worst atrocities of modern times in their struggle for self-determination.

When their Portuguese colonial masters withdrew in 1975, Indonesia claimed the territory for itself and ruthlessly suppressed the independence movement.

Eventually the UN took over the administration and supervised the territory’s transition to independence.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-14919009

This article first appeared on www.bbc.com on the 4th of September 2015