|East Timor||CARITAS APPEAL FOR EAST TIMOR HELP|
Caritas Australia called yesterday for new support for its efforts to help East Timor's people as they deal with a genocidal rampage by pro-Indonesia militias.
Aid workers said they believe that many of their Timorese colleagues who ran medical clinics across the Indonesian-controlled territory are dead or have been forced to flee as refugees. Indonesian authorities had also blocked attempts to resupply the clinics with medicines, antibiotics, and other basic medical equipment, they said.
Caritas and the Catholic Church were the main providers of medical care in East Timor, because local people were too afraid to attend Indonesian-run hospitals, a Caritas aid worker said. "We witnessed and now hear with profound grief and outrage the horrendous brutality occurring there," Caritas nurse Cathy Georgeson said.
"The East Timorese are a beautiful and proud people whom we have been privileged to come to know and love." She added, "They were assured the UN would stay ... because they voted for independence, they are now being cruelly and systematically annihilated."
CWN 11:10am 17/9/99