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Poetry: A Long Journey to Independence – Filomena dos Reis written: Oct.08 1999

This poem written in 1999, has been published in 'Written in Blood' by Filomena Barros dos Reis. Performed November 10th 2007 at the Boite Cafe to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the Suai Church Massacre.
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A Long Journey to Independence We did not want to be slaves in our own land We wanted to have self-rule We wept and screamed for twenty-five years Because we wanted self-determination To rule ourselves We, the women of Timor-Leste Shed tears, wept and screamed Because we wanted self-rule, to have self-rule We did not want to be slaves in our own land We stood! We stepped ahead With courage and folded fist We screamed louder! Live or die, we wanted independence We shed our blood Flowing like a river In every corner of Timor-LesteThe women of Timor-Leste forgot their suffering Because independence has now been accomplished.

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3 Responses to “Poetry: A Long Journey to Independence – Filomena dos Reis written: Oct.08 1999”

  1. Hi Jen,

    Here’s a beautiful poem, translated to tetum 🙂
    I love the message it brings!

    Best regards*

    Dalan Naruk ba Independensia

    Ami lakohi atu sai atan iha ami nia Rai
    Ami hakarak iha lei rasik
    Ami tanis no hakilar durante tinan rua nulu resin lima
    Tanba ami hakarak atu determinasaun
    Atu ukun an no iha lei rasik
    Ami, feto Timor oan,
    Fakar matan-been, tanis no hakilar tiha ona
    Tanba ami hakarak iha lei rasik, atu hetan lei rasik
    ami lakohi atu sai atan iha ami nia rain nebe ami horik ba.
    Ami hakat ba oin ho
    Aten-barani no kumu-liman
    Ami bolu hakilar!
    Moris ka mate, ami hakarak independensia
    Ami nia ran nakfakar
    Suli hanesan mota
    To’o sikun hotu iha Timor Leste
    Ami, feto timoroan, haluha tiha ona
    Katak uluk ami terus
    Tanba independensia ne mak los

    Autora: Filomena dos Reis
    Tradusaun: Sara Moreira & Zulmira Ximenes

  2. Hey Sara and Zulmira, Obrigada barak – thank you very much for your contribution to the preservation of Tetun and Timorese culture on suai media space…Ha’u senta haksolok barak :).

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