Item CAETANpics3.2.1 - Girl carrying corn, 1974

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BU CAETAN-PICS-Vancouver-CAETANpics3.2.1

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Girl carrying corn, 1974

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  • 1974 (Creation)

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(1986-2000)

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East Timor (Timor-Leste) was invaded in 1975 by Indonesia and occupied by the Indonesian armed forces until 1999, with widespread resulting human rights violations. The East Timor Alert Network (ETAN/Canada) was founded in 1986 to raise awareness about the situation of East Timor and to change Canadian government policy, which accepted Indonesian rule.

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Photojournalist Elaine Briere was travelling the Southeast Asian “hippy trail” in 1974, a trip that brought her among other places to pre-invasion East Timor. She fell in love with the country. After its invasion, she found she had some of the very few high-quality images of pre-invasion East Timor. She shared them with solidarity groups around the world. Especially in Canadian activism, they became iconic. Some have even found their way back to independent Timor-Leste.

  • Girl carrying corn East Timor, 1974

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Elaine Briere

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