What Loro Horta thinks about Timor-Leste


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Loro Horta is the son of President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prosecutor General Ana Pessoa. He published an article on the openDemocracy website on March 26. Loro Horta is known for being outspoken when it comes to issues in Timor-Leste. Apparently he is in Dili at the moment.

Excerpts:

While most people live on less than a dollar a day, the 350 foreign advisors hired by the Timorese government have salaries as high as $20,000 a month, while government officials drive Lexus, Mercedes and luxury four-by-four vehicles along the potholed streets of Dili. Power cuts are frequent, with a dozen cuts a day a common occurrence.

Near schools men wait in their cars for young girls to approach them. A young school girl relates her story, “we approach them and tell them we need a new pair of shoes to go to a party. We go with them and then do it and get our shoes". Girls are reported to have sold their bodies for as little as $5. In the countryside local journalists have reported various cases of girls as young as 10 prostituting themselves for $1.

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