Scorched Earth Peacekeeping | Australians in Timor  Book
  • Scorched Earth Peacekeeping | Australians in Timor  Book

Scorched Earth Peacekeeping | Australians in Timor Book


Scorched Earth Peacekeeping in Timor during a campaign of death and destruction by Tammy Pemper

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"A dramatic story of the forgotten heroes who faced down the military might of a neighbouring giant." Peter Watt, Bestselling Australian Author

"An exceptional book that fills the gap in our 24 years of horrific terror" Bi-Hali Gusmao, Vice-President of Veterans Institution, Dili, East Timor.

Based on the first person experiences of peacekeeper S/Sgt Watt who was a serving Police Officer for 28 years. He worked with police capacity building programs internationally, and with UNFICYP, UNAMET, and UNTAET. He was a UN assessor in Africa and the Middle East.


The Scorched Earth biography focuses on S/Sgt Watt's time as a member of the Australian Federal Police's first contingent seconded to UNAMET. 


 "as an UN peacekeeper, I joined the East Timorese fight for life. By then, the earth had drunk the blood of one third of their population. But worse was still to come. I would see it for myself. I saw bodies carried to their deaths, machetes carve flesh from bone, and bullets spray into crowds of Timorese and at us peacekeepers.

I learned the true meaning of fear, hopelessness, and courage. Shades of truth were twisted for evil gain. Every day I prepared to die. Decisions I made, which seemed so right, jeopardized the lives of others. Police held automatic weapons to my head, militia wrote my name on death lists, and people drew their last breath, all of them brave, braver than me. For this is the true story of my experience. In the midst of the East Timorese fight for independence, militia were determined to enact their scorched earth policy and raze Timor to the ground. Timorese voted, Timor burned."


It is their story, our story: a story that must be told.

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