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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