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22 August 2008

In search of a mass grave near Dili

The Age Jo Chandler August 20, 2008

TWO weeks ago, the families of "disappeared" victims of the 1991 Santa Cruz Cemetery massacre gathered at a site west of the East Timor capital, Dili, and held a ceremony calling for spirits of their dead to rise out of the earth.

They were watched by an international team of forensic experts, led by a Melbourne scientist and helped by local police and medics she had trained for the task. The team then resumed digging trenches across the site, looking for evidence of a long-rumoured mass grave that might hold the bodies of up to 100 victims of the massacre. Read more...

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