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Usually when I’m walking around Dili people come and talk to me. Most of the time it’s just banter about where I’m from and what I’m doing. On a few occasions, people have asked for my phone number and I’ve given it out. I now have a steady stream of people who call me asking for work, money, phone credit and so on.

It is, perhaps, an indicator of how desperate many people in Dili are. I just had a young chap call me and tell me he has no money to support his wife and his baby. “Please help me find a job,” he said.

Last week, an excited man with wonky teeth gave me a call to ask for money so he can buy food. You see this a lot in Dili. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been sat in a restaurant by myself only for someone to come in off the street, sit down and ask for food, money or both.

People always ask me for jobs. They’re not even after anything in particular – they just need money.

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