East Timor is readying to stand on its own feet as international forces withdraw by the year-end. But for some in the 10-year-old nation, one of the poorest in Asia, the exodus also comes at a steep price.
Australian troops take part in a military parade in Dili, East Timor, before leaving the country. East Timor is readying to stand on its own feet as international forces continue to withdraw, but the exodus also comes at a steep price.
The bars and restaurants on "the avenida" that runs along the coast of the capital Dili are now lonely haunts with the odd NGO worker or energy company representative dropping in.
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