AusAID, an Australian Government initiative will give East Timor AU$80.4 million in aid during 2011-2012. The funding aims to improve health and living conditions of the East Timorese, who live on USD$0.88 a day.
Rob Maylor, ex-military serviceman and author of SAS Sniper, served in Timor between 1999-2006. He witnessed poverty firsthand.
“Primitive is the word. It was completely ransacked. Buildings burned. Rubbish everywhere. Home was a UN tarp,” Maylor said.
Karen Finnin, physiotherapist, lived and worked in Timor from 2007-2010. Timor is developing she said.
“Small things are changing. Houses have power. Footpaths paved,” Finnin said. “Changes take time.”