After Action for Another Library
Published NZ Herald September 27
Indonesian troops in East Timor set fire to all books including private collections as they left in 1999. Photo / Reuters
When the Indonesian Army left East Timor after its people voted for independence, it burned every book it could find. Not just the books in public and university libraries but the bookshelves of private individuals were dragged on to the street and burned.
As an activist who had joined an East Timor solidarity group while studying at the Drawing College of Arts in Melbourne, Tom Nicholson was asked by friends in Dili for books in English to replace those lost.More...