UNHCR closes office in Timor-Leste, ending 12 year operation

13 Jan 2012

Timor-Leste vows never to turn back on refugees as UNHCR office closes

President José Ramos-Horta says the country has emerged from the trauma of its birth and UNHCR's departure is good news.

12 Jan 2012

UNHCR winds up cash-starved Timor-Leste operation

The UN refugee agency has ended nearly 14 months of emergency action in Timor-Leste because of a lack of money. The last international staff have left the young nation, leaving behind a small core of national staff to help rebuild the skills of civil servants and look after a few refugees from Asia and West Africa.

3 Jul 2007

Timor-Leste: When this nun speaks, even rival gangs listen

Thousands of Timor-Leste's displaced people are heading into a rainy season, still living in tents. UNHCR is distributing items to make their life a little more bearable, and a feisty nun is standing up to rival gangs who have been terrorising the 2,000 displaced people under the protection of her Roman Catholic order.

3 Oct 2006

Timor-Leste: As violence escalates in Dili, UNHCR hands over relief items for rebuilding

1 Sep 2006

UNHCR hands relief items to Timor-Leste, expresses concern about security situation

UNHCR on Friday handed relief items to the government of Timor-Leste to help families whose houses were destroyed during violence earlier this year. The refugee agency also expressed concern about fresh violence in the country.

1 Sep 2006

Japanese ambassador visits resilient IDPs in foothills near Dili

Japanese Ambassador Kenji Shimizu received a warm welcome from villagers when he helped a UNHCR mission distribute aid to displaced people outside the Timor-Leste capital Dili. Japan has donated US$2 million towards the refugee agency's emergency relief operations in Timor-Leste.

14 Jul 2006

Troubleshooting UNHCR technicians get to work on Dili's crowded camps

UNHCR has formed a mobile technical team to deal with drainage problems and other repair work at crowded camps in the Timor-Leste capital Dili. The teams have started working at several sites where displaced people have gathered.

11 Jul 2006

Blankets bring respite to those staying in hills near Dili

UNHCR continues its relief operations within Dili and in areas outside the Timor-Leste capital. Distribution of blankets is welcome for the young and elderly in the foothills near Dili as it gets chilly at night during the coldest month of the year.

4 Jul 2006