Helene van Klinken: Making Them Indonesians

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April 2012, no. 340

Helene van Klinken: Making Them Indonesians

Reviewed by
April 2012, no. 340

Rare, smuggled animals

Jill Jolliffe

 

Making Them Indonesians: Child Transfers Out of East Timor
by Helene van Klinken
Monash University Publishing, $29.99 pb, 213 pp, 9781876924805

 

Think of Syria today and you have East Timor in 1975–78, the main difference being that the story of Indonesia’s brutal invasion was totally hidden from the world. It was in this framework of pain, trauma, and confusion that an estimated three to four thousand Timorese children were carried off to Indonesia without informed parental consent.

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