Helene van Klinken: Making Them Indonesians

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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Published in April 2012 no. 340
Jill Jolliffe

Jill Jolliffe

Jill Jolliffe is a Darwin-based writer who has covered wars in Angola, East Timor, and the Western Sahara. Her latest book, Finding Santana, was published by Wakefield Press in 2010.

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