For a quarter century, the people of East Timor experienced massive human rights violations at the hands of Indonesia. To day, peace has come, but the victims during Indonesia occupation continue to struggle to deal with the burden of the past. The struggle against impunity in Timor-Leste will take not years, but decades.
Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), working with Timor-Leste’s victims association adapted participatory methods to conduct an inquiry to capture the views of victims about what they need to reach some degree of satisfaction and what sources of strength they have turned to, while integrating a gendered lens.
This is the story of Sebastiana Barretto, who was detained in a military post when she was about 12 years old. After more than three years, she escaped and eventually got married, but her husband was subsequently disappeared.