Dili - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

Some harassment, usually at night. - Aug 2021

Home break-ins are common, even on secure compounds. Also petty crime. I don't feel unsafe here, though. - Sep 2017

Females should use good security practices by not walking alone at night and following good common sense security practices. It is a good idea to keep doors locked at home as well. You should be fine just doing the things you should do anywhere. - May 2017

Given Timor's brutal history of occupation, conflict and divide & conquer, particularly in the last century, there is a lot of unresolved PTSD in society, leading to high levels of gender-based violence, domestic violence and youth conflict. Of particular concern are martial arts groups (which were set up by the Indonesians), which though illegal, continue to wage turf battles that sometimes result in deaths. A couple of months ago, there was a series of attacks using a traditional weapon during the night that left several youth dead.

In Timor, conflict can easily erupt into violence, so expats are recommended caution whenever a confrontation is taking place. The wounds of 1999 and 2006 are still fresh in the minds of many. Violence rarely targets 'malai' (foreigners). My recommendation would be to avoid walking around after dark, especially in areas you are not familiar with, especially if you are a woman. - Sep 2016

Not whilst we were there. - Nov 2013

Not really. Generally it is very safe during the day and night. - Apr 2013

Not really. Every now and then there are minor disturbances but nothing big. - Mar 2010

At this time security is not an issue. Things are pretty peacful. - Feb 2010

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