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Kumu liman

October 27th, 2008 jen Posted in Kumu liman, Poetry, Timorese Poems 1 Comment »

Kumu liman la’os odio Tuba nafatin hodi hetan liberdade Hasai kiak husi terus hasai mate husi moris Iha leten hare tun oin kiak kumu liman hamutuk kaer metin dame iha ita let. aat ruma ita iha tau tia ba fofa soran no hafahe ida ne’e sira nian unidade no dame lisan furak ita nian ema nurak nakdedar manu kawak mai tanis Tula dikur ba malu sa’e mutu kuda ida Nakmehek buka hae tan kabun namkoron Rai talin atu kotu kesi tia halo metin Liurai iha reino, ema bo’ot iha atan Busa oan kabun mamuk rai timor nakdoko Buka dalan atu liu asu fuik mai satan Ita lolok tuir malu kesi metin korente. Liman rasan: Sancho Chamot Alves Nahac Dili 14th May, 2007
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Chamot’s Little Book of Poetry

October 27th, 2008 jen Posted in Chamot's Little Book of Poetry, Timorese Poems Comments Off on Chamot’s Little Book of Poetry

I haven't met Chamot (full name Liman rasan Sancho Chamot Alves Nahac). However, I have met his family and heard a lot about him. Today he has contributed twelve poems all written in 2007 and 2008. The vast majority of them in September -October 2007. I'm waiting for him to write a little about himself and tell us what inspired such a fast outpouring of poetry in that short time. I know Chamot lived in Camenasa near Suai and that is where his mother and many other family members live, still. His mother is a wonderful weaver as are his sister and other women in the family. I have allocated a separate post to each poem so friends can translate them or comment on them.
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Father Hilario (2) Drawing by Artist Unknown

February 1st, 2008 jen Posted in Art, Drawings: Suai Church Massacre, Murder of 3 Priests, News, Poetry, Timorese Poems Comments Off on Father Hilario (2) Drawing by Artist Unknown

Coloured Pencil Drawing on Paper (2000)

Pastor Hilario (2)

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Timor Timor Meu Berco de Inocente

December 6th, 2007 jen Posted in Poetry, Timor Timor Meu Berco de Inocente, Timorese Poems 7 Comments »

I met Pedro in February 2006, many other Australians have known him for decades. This is one of the poems he gave me to publish. Simply called Portuguese Poem. We are waiting for a volunteer to translate it. Read the rest of this entry »
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Pedro Lebre – Autobiography

November 29th, 2007 jen Posted in Pedro Lebre, Short Stories, Timorese Autobiography Comments Off on Pedro Lebre – Autobiography

A summary autobiography - written for sms by Pedro Lebre June 2005 On the 25th, April 1974 a coup took place in Portugal. I was in Australia when the coup in Portugal happened. I left Timor in March 1974, and that happened a month later. I was glad because I could return to my country. I had to leave my country because of the Portuguese intels' suspicions about me over of the relationship with foreigners, mainly australians, with whom I worked. Also because I come from Uatucarbau, the place where the revolt of 1959 took place against the Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »
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Two by Pedro Lebre

November 28th, 2007 jen Posted in Pedro Lebre Comments Off on Two by Pedro Lebre

Two poems by Pedro Lebre are being posted on the 32nd Anniversary of 28 November, 1975 when the Democratic Republic of East-Timor was proclaimed. East Timor was colonised by Portugal since the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonisation of the country. In late 1975 East Timor declared its independence but was invaded and occupied by Indonesia later that year, and declared that country's 27th province the following year. Poetry
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Simu Malu – Reconciliation

November 28th, 2007 jen Posted in Poetry, Timorese Poems Comments Off on Simu Malu – Reconciliation

written by Pedro Lebre - Villa Harmonia - Dili Timor Loro Sae (only available in Tetun) Pedro gave me this copy of his poem while I was staying at Villa Harmonia, June 14, 2003. Villa Harmonia was home to many Australians and other activists during the Indonesian occupation. We hope to hear from some of you. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tersu ho Kruz Hasou Funu Baluk – 12 Novembru

November 28th, 2007 jen Posted in Poetry, Tersu Ho Kruz Hasou funu Baluk, Timorese Poems 1 Comment »

written by Pedro Lebre - Villa Harmonia, Dili.
Pedro gave me this poem also for sms on June 14, 2003 (only available in Tetun we are waiting on a volunteer to translate it.)
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Friendship and Justice

November 21st, 2007 jen Posted in Filomena Barros dos Reis, News 2 Comments »

I met Filomena when she was in Suai for the First Anniversary of the Suai Church Massacre in September 2000. She was directing a re-enactment of that massacre to assist with the healing of the people of Suai. The re-enactment was accompanied by an appeal, to the international community present, for justice. I didn't see Filomena again until 2005 briefly when she was here for a conference. The first film I made titled 'The Circle of Stones' intercuts Filomena's play with the story of the Suai Church Massacre and the grieving taking place in front of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Suai where the massacre took place. I had sent her a copy of the video and I knew somehow that she had taken it to the U.S. in 2002 when she made a tour of that country saying "the women of East Timor are screaming for justice" . I think I read an article in the paper titled 'Screaming for Justice'. On this trip Filomena stayed with me and told me a lot more about that film and how she used it. When she was invited to speak to the U.S. Senate Filomena elected to screen 'The Circle of Stones'. We are still waiting for justice. Filomena has a funny story to tell about this so I'm looking forward to her telling here in this space in the near future.

Mena & Jen

On Jen's verandah Nov.2007

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

November 20th, 2007 jen Posted in Long Journey to Independence, Poetry, Timorese Poems 3 Comments »

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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