||Issue No. 310||09 June 2006|
I'm No Economist, But ….
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Greens Are Good For You
Calling All Micks!
Coming Up Swinging
Mining For Gold
Blood Spangled Banner
Never To Be Repeated Offer
APHEDA Offices Attacked
Project staff disturbed people who had busted locks to gain entry to the offices of the aid organisation, which is supported by Australia's union movement.
An APHEDA supported vocational training centre, Knua Buka Hatene ("Place for learning/knowing" in the local Tetum language) was also damaged, along with several vehicles.
Four East Timorese APHEDA staff are reportedly safe, although fears are held for the houses and vehicles used by the aid organisation's staff.
"I saw the refugees on television last night. They were all crying, the old people and the children. So much that I started crying too. People ran there with nothing, just the clothes on their bodies," says Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA local office manager Elisabeth Lino de Araujo
"This has been a political problem, but those who suffer are the people. People here have worked so hard since 1999 to rebuild their houses, to rebuild their lives, and they have sacrificed so much. They are not ready to leave the refugee camps, they don't want to risk losing any more."
"We are currently receiving daily updates from our staff and partners on the ground in East Timor regarding the security situation there," says Peter Jennings, Executive Officer Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA. "This unrest shows that vocational education and employment generating activities for young males in East Timor is more important than ever.
"We must redouble our efforts and commitment to skills training in East Timor and support our local partner organisations in their rebuilding and reconciliation process."
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has launched an appeal so that the people of East Timor can rebuild their lives after the recent unrest.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has a secure online donation form at https://secure.fantasticone.com/apheda/order_form.php
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA is planning to provide additional support to its partner organisations in East Timor to help rebuild infrastructure and restore confidence.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA also operates a toll free number 1800 888 674 or doners can send a cheque made out to APHEDA Inc. with a note saying that it is for the East Timor Appeal.
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