Uma Fukun, one day to be a “Cultural Centre”, formerly the Portuguese customshouse, in the background. One of the only buildings to survive over 94 Allied bombings of Dili while in Japanese hands. Apparently used as a torture/interrogation center by the Indonesians. Recently rennovated and painted up by the Portuguese government, only to be neglected, and subsequently trashed by the “Petitioners” when they camped inside in April 2006. Now they are going to rennovate, AGAIN!
In the foreground, the royal Ai-Hale, banyan trees. They are hundreds of years old, keeping silent witness over Dili Harbor.