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Caritas says East Timorese remain needy two years after violence

East Timor continues to require Australian community support, two years after the violence that devastated their country, according to Caritas Australia National Director Jack de Groot.

He said: "Many people in isolated regions of East Timor are still living in makeshift housing, are struggling to re-establish their gardens, and very few have seen any justice in response to the human rights violations of September 1999."

Today marks the second aniversary of the popular consultation on the issue of independence that led to the militia violence. It is also the occasion for the independent territory's first democratic election, and the launch date for Caritas Australia's Remembering East Timor Appeal, which calls for support for our ongoing work in East Timor.

Caritas Australia worker in East Timor, Jane Woolford said: "The elections are a sign of great hope for the future of an independent and democratic East Timor."

Caritas Australia, the Catholic agency for overseas aid and development has worked in East Timor since 1999 providing significant emergency assistance in the areas of shelter, food security and human rights.

The telephone number for donations to the appeal is 1800 024 413.