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Experience some of the fascinating places and faces of East Timor and everyday stories of the people and events through the lens of UNMIT photographer Martine Perret.

Women at sunset

Humans have long harnessed the radiant light and heat of the sun. As a source of clean, renewable and inexhaustible energy, it is hard to find an alternative to solar power. On the sun-drenched island of Timor-Leste, solar power makes both economic and environmental sense. UNICEF supports the use of solar energy by providing solar panels to health clinics throughout the country.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
4th August 2009


Lusophone Games

Timorese athletes are currently participating in the Lusophone Games held from 11-19 July in Lisbon, Portugal. First held in Macau in 2006, the Games gather 1,300 athletes from 12 countries and territories. The competition is an initiative of the eight-nation Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
11th July 2009


Youth Parliament

With one of the world’s youngest populations, the opportunities provided to the youth of Timor-Leste today will have a direct bearing on the quality of tomorrow’s leadership. UNICEF is supporting the Government to establish a Youth Parliament set to be launched in September. The parliament will be an important leadership platform, allowing young people a voice in the development of their nation. The Youth Parliament will be composed of 130 young parliamentarians.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
3rd July 2009


International Children's Day

Nations around the world today will consider the safety and health of their young on International Children’s Day. With one of the youngest populations in the world, Timor-Leste is looking to safeguard its young against preventable diseases. The Government today launched a National Immunisation Campaign supported by UNICEF and WHO providing measles vaccinations and vitamin A supplements for all children, and tetanus vaccinations and iron supplements for older girls.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
1st June 2009


Millennium Development Goals

For the young in Timor-Leste, the future holds both promise and challenge. The opportunities available to them tomorrow will largely be determined by decisions made today. Timor-Leste is committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the target date of 2015. The second MDG Report, recently released, highlights the progress the nation has thus far made in achieving the targets, while acknowledging the many steps that are still needed.

Photo by Hipolito da Cruz / UNMIT
7th April 2009


Elder from Ainaro District

The use of traditional justice to punish crime, resolve problems and settle disputes is common through Timor-Leste. The Government, with the support of UNMIT and the UNDP Justice Program, is looking at creating a framework which may incorporate links between traditional mechanisms and the formal justice system.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
12th February 2009


Aileu Farmers

A third of Timorese households depend exclusively on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) distributes rice seeds as part of their broader program to improve the food security of vulnerable households. In January this year, FAO distributed 200 tons of high-quality rice seeds to 13 districts for the planting season between February to May. It is expected that over 10,000 households will benefit from the seeds.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
4th February 2009


Birdlife at Tasi-tolu

Egrets gliding over the small body of water in Tasi-tolu, Dili. The Tasi-tolu lake includes three permanent shallow saline lakes and a hinterland dominated by Eucalyptus savanna. Tasi-tolu is one of the most important wetlands in Timor-Leste. An impressive 45 waterbirds have been identified to date in this area.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
2nd January 2009


Coffee cherries

An unroasted coffee bean is simply the pit of a cherry-like fruit. Coffee cherries turn bright red when they are ripe and ready to pick. The fruit is found in clusters along the branches of the tree. While the skin of a coffee cherry is thick and bitter, the fruit beneath it is intensely sweet and has the texture of a grape. Coffee is the main agricultural export of Timor-Leste.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
29th December 2008


Jaco Island

island of Jaco across Tutuala beach as part of Nino Konis Santana National Park Timor-Leste.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
26th December 2008


Fisherman at Wataboo beach in Baucau

A fisherman throws his net early in the morning at Wataboo beach in Baucau. Situated on the "Tasi Feto", the Northern shore, Pantai Wataboo is situated in Osolata, 5 km downhill from Baucau city. Next to a fishing village and lined with coconut palms, this used to be Baucau's port. The abandoned customs house still fronts the beach.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
24th December 2008


The Kulu fruit

The Kulu fruit, (Breadfruit) is native to the Pacific Islands. The English name of this fruit is derived from its extremely high starch content. Common throughout Timor-Leste, Kulus are eaten as a snack. They can be boiled, fried or baked over an open fire, and are often eaten with a mixture of salt and chilli. In Timor-Leste, there are three types of this fruit known as Kulu Baka, Kulu Jaka and Kulu Kesa (pictured).

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
17th November 2008


Manu Fulun headdress

The traditional Manu Fulun headdress characterised by rooster feathers is commonly worn throughout Timor-Leste by men. The Manu Fulun is worn during important occasions, to receive guests or when performing the traditional ceremonies.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
12th November 2008


World Mental Health Day

Woman in a very happy mood in Dili beside graffiti representing the sun. Today is World Mental Health Day. In his message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said mental health is essential for personal well-being, family relationships, and an individual’s ability to contribute to society. He called for mental health awareness to be integrated into all aspects of health and social policy, health-system planning, and general health care. "Let us recognise that there can be no health without mental health," he said.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
10th October 2008


Oecusse Festival

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
12th August 2008


Nino Konis Santana National Park

The park was inaugurated 1 August 2008. It protects extensive coral reefs and one of the largest remaining intact examples of tropical lowland and moonsoon rainforest in the region.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
31st July 2008


Ricefields near Baucau

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
30th July 2008


The Timorese identity

From the east to the west coast of this mountainous island, many different ethnicities make up the unique Timorese identity. The early Austronesians (Malayo-Polynesian), Papuans, Chinese, Indians and Europeans have all added to the wonderfully diverse cultural mix. The people of all lands are remembered as part of the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous People celebrated on August 9 each year.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
13th July 2008


A local of Same

During HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco's visit to Same dressed in traditional clothes, he visits the Rainier III Maternity clinic and meets with the families who benefited from the clinic. Local people from Same dress in traditional clothes for the visitors. This man wears the Manu Fulun headdress made of rooster feathers.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
19th April 2008


Food security

Maize and rice are two important determinants of household food security in Timor-Leste. While rice is preferred by most Timorese, the lack of suitable land for cultivation together with low rainfall makes maize easier to grow. Nationwide, maize covers the largest area of any crop. The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation has distributed a high-yield variety of maize seed to 20,000 families to increase production and to improve general food security.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
26th March 2008


Young student

Young student coming from school near Mehara village on the road to Los Palos.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
20th December 2007


Water pots

Woman carrying water pots on her head during market in Oecussi.

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
12th September 2007


Farmer in Oecussi late afternoon

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
10th September 2007


Aerial shot of Christu Rei near Dili

Photo by Martine Perret / UNMIT
8th May 2007


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