Timor-Leste 8 February: Liquica - Maubara

Heading to the villages of Timor-Leste

For the first time ever we had the opportunity to take the Peace Run outside of Dili. Liquica and Maubara were the two villages we visited, they are about 30 km and 35 km west of Dili respectively.

Our first visit was to Escola Bazica e Secundario Catolica Sao Inaciao de Loyola Kasait. This is a Catholic school and is the largest school in Timor-Leste.

Ozorio has been our tireless, self-giving and enthusiastic translator throughout our visit.

Uddyogini and Salil impersonate kangaroos to share which country they are coming from.

To witness the wide open grins of Timorese young people is a truly valuable experience.

Otis and Agraha impersonate the Statue of Liberty - yes they are from USA.

A moment of pin drop silence with about 800 students.

Nikolaus from Austria gets the thumbs done after performing a short skit demonstrating behavior that is not peaceful.

Presenting a gift of Sri Chinmoy's artwork entitled "Peace."

Much to the delight of the assembly the principal did a lap with the two class presidents.

Next we were off to Escola Secundario Geral de Liquica.

Here we were presented with the most beautiful and haunting singing.

Otis and Nikolaus performing a skit.

Uddyogini, Boijayanti and Zuzka show how by simply helping one another we can make the world more peaceful.

Our third school for the day was Escola Catolica Sao Joao Brito Liquica.

Again the singing here was unparalleled.

Zuzka introduces her country, Czech Republic, by reciting a famous tongue twister. As you can see it always elicits quite a response from the audience.

One more song to send us on our way.

These two girls were not only wonderful singers but also twins.

Lunch by the sea.

Our final visit was to Escola Secundária Filial Maubara.

The students were so happy to see the school director run a lap with the torch.

We finished the day at the Maubara Fort.

They serve delicious Timorese Coffee here.

Thank you our dear friends who have accompanied us throughout our visit.

The two photographers.