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Scorched Earth: Peacekeeping in Timor During a Campaign of Death and Destruction

Tammy Pemper

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BIG SKY PUBLISHING
05 July 2019
Biography; Peace studies & conflict resolution; Military history
As a UN peacekeeper, I joined the East Timorese fight for life. By then, the earth had drunk the blood of one third of their population. But worse was still to come. I would see it for myself. I saw bodies carried to their deaths, machetes carve flesh from bone, and bullets spray into crowds of Timorese and at us peacekeepers. I learned the true meaning of fear, hopelessness, and courage. Shades of truth were twisted for evil gain. Every day I prepared to die. Decisions I made, which seemed so right, jeopardized the lives of others. Police held automatic weapons to my head, militia wrote my name on death lists, and people drew their last breath, all of them brave, braver than me. For this is the true story of my experience. In the midst of the East Timorese fight for independence, militia were determined to enact their scorched earth policy and raze Timor to the ground. Timorese voted; Timor burned. It is their story, our story: a story that must be told.
By:   Tammy Pemper
Imprint:   BIG SKY PUBLISHING
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781922265432
ISBN 10:   1922265438
Publication Date:   05 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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