Wounded victims of the bitter fighting in Portuguese Timer have been put into hospitals and left untreated.
Wounded victims of the bitter fighting in Portuguese Timer have been put into hospitals and left untreated. This film was taken four days after the last Portuguese military doctor was forced to leave Dili Hospital on Friday (29 August).
About two hundred battle casualties, many of them young children, had been left unattended and many were dying.
Scores of journalists who have been trying to reach the colony which has been torn apart by civil war, had been turned back. The film crew and journalist on this film managed to sail there accompanied by an Australian doctor, John Whitehall.
He immediately started to perform operations on the most badly wounded patients. Most of the wounds were flesh and bone injuries.
Meanwhile, troops of the left--wing group Fretilin (Revolutionary Front for an Independent Est Timor) has taken control of the capital. Its right-wing rival, the Timor Democratic Union (UDT), holds the second largest city, Daucau.
Since the outbreak of violence early in August, more than two thousand refugees have sailed to Australia. The territory's Portuguese administration was forced to flee to the nearby island of Atauro last week.
Fretilin claims to have some 1,300 troops under under arms, mainly Timorese who have served with the Portuguese Army.
Dr. Whitehall and reporter Gerald Stone went with Fretilin Secretary-General Jose Ramos Horta to inspect the Dili prisoner of war camp. They said prisoner had been badly beaten and given no food for three days at a time. Mr. Horta said that at least they were alive and if they had been left on the street they would have been killed.
Mr. Horta was recently stranded in Australia at the outbreak of fighting. He has rejected the idea of a peace-keeping force on the island and said a formal agreement between all parties must first be negotiated.