Timor districts

The flickering bulb

A mosquito buzzed around the solitary lightbulb that was illuminating the pastel pink room. My phone still kept the time even though it...

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Real poverty

It’s strange to see real poverty up close. Distended stomachs, malnourished children, children with disabilities crawling in the dirt....

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Woven wonders

Woven goods and baskets for sale at the Maubara market in the midday sun....

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Lautem dusk

Rice fields in Lautem district, Timor-Leste, at dusk....

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How to recreate a road trip to the districts at home

Travelling to the districts is a big part of life and work in Timor Leste. But the good news is that you can recreate the rush of emotions...

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Remote Lautem

This is the ‘road’ we took to get to one of the villages where Plan has supported a water system. Clearly, cars don’t...

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Hand-painted

Can you believe this ‘wallpaper’ is hand-painted? It adorns one of the walls at the Plan Office, which is also a guesthouse...

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Shoe phone

“Hello? Hello? TIMOR TELECOM! NO RECEPTION AGAIN??? WHY? WHY ARE YOU SPEAKING TO ME IN PORTUGUESE? I already changed my language...

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Chatting to Lospalos women

I love coming to the field/the districts and I love coming to Lospalos, even though it means long days, basic conditions and a six-hour...

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Lospalos at night part two

I know last time I wrote of the darkness in the Lospalos nights, but driving back after nightfall from remote villages in the Lautem hills...

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Tia iha Lautem

An elderly woman wearing traditional clothing with betel-nut stained teeth in a village in Lautem district, Timor-Leste. I was in the field...

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