East Timor ADF Peacekeepers, share your stories

Baucau UN container lift20th of May 2012 marks an important milestone in the life of East Timor. Next year it will be 10 years since East Timor was declared a new nation. The Australian led INTERFET peacekeeping operation in 1999 was the begining of several operations involving 1000’s of Australian defence force personel and support units many who particpated in more than one tour of duty.

During our recent travels in East Timor conducting motorcycle adventure tours and small group tours community tours we have witnessed peace, stability and the emergence of economic development, owed in no small part to the ongoing work of these Australians. Now its time to celebrate and share.

There are many stories to be told about the last 10 years  and the experiences of those involved.

East Timor UN medal ParadeAt Timor Adventure tours we woud love to hear these stories and know others share our  interest.  Here is your opportunity to share the funny, sad, inspiring memories you have from your time spent on tour in East Timor.

Remember this is a celebration, a celebration of a job well done and the courage and pride of a nation.

 


Comments

  1. Paul Malcolm says:

    I had the pleasure to serve in ET in 2002 and witness their Independance Day on 20May02. During the build up to the day, it was wonderful to see the locals enjoying peace and what was to come. New Timor Leste flags began to adorn everything and in the true sense of budding commercialism, the flag design began to appear on everything too! Although I dislike baseball caps and I have a boof head, I bought one with the ET Flag design proudly printed on it and carried it everywhere on the dashboard of my ‘troopy’. It would never go within coee of fitting me! The sight of the cap on the dashboard prompted many a shout of “Viva Timor Leste” from the locals. The spirit of the people is indomitable!
    Sadly my time there finished in June and it was time for home. Before packing up and on one of my last rounds of Tasi Tolu, I stopped out side the house of a widow with three children, the eldest about 8 years old and in a wheelchair. After all they have been through it is courteous to move slowly around the people and as I edged into the front yard, I approached the boy in the wheel chair and placed the cap on his head. To see his and his mother’s face light up was priceless and stillmakes my eyes watery. For me it symbolised the reason of why we went!
    On a lghter note and to prove how quickly good news travels in those small villages, I had only gone around the block and many others were singing out, “Hat mister?”.
    God bless and look after em all!

  2. Colin says:

    Hi, I found your site accidently and am moved by its content. I worked for UNMIT in 2008, tour the island on a Kawasaki 650 and loved the friedliness of the local people. After reading your site and watching the videos I feel compelled to do it again.

  3. Josh says:

    I served in Timor Leste in 2000. Based at Tusi Tolu and working from Comoro Airport, my job was to fly supplies around Timor by helicopter. My fondest memories are of friendly, resilient and kind local people and their rich culture. I also got to see some amazing sights from the air. I have a burring desire to go back and experience Timor from another perspective.