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Timor Witness
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Throughout the night we watched as the 1,500 refugees clambered on board the giant Hercules. By noon, the last of the planes had been loaded and was ready to depart. Haggard, exhausted, we walked onto the final flight. We were filled with relief that so many had been flown to safety, but also worried for all those who remained behind. As we rose into the sky above the smoldering city, many of us made a silent vow to return.

Geoffrey Robinson teaches about political violence and the struggle for human rights in Southeast Asia. He returned in November to East Timor as a member of a U.N. delegation to investigate human-rights abuses that followed the referendum.

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