Memory Diogo - Dili, Timor-Leste

This is the only indication of the history of a derelict building located behind the Plaza Hotel in Dili. When asked about it, locals simply say, 'We don't go there.' Indonesian security forces used to stay at the Plaza; they would bring prisoners out to the building behind to interrogate, torture and sometimes kill them. The word Diogo, I am told, means 'this place', so the message would roughly translate as 'There is memory here' or perhaps 'Remember this place'.

This is the only monument to those events.

October, 2008


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