If you don’t have any idea on the historical background of Sta. Cruz Cemetery in Dili, it will appeal as ordinary cemetery not worth visiting. But the truth is, it is one of the most historical significant place in the whole country.
At the height of Indonesian military occupation, a peaceful pro-independence demonstration attended by local political and religious leader together with international journalists turned into a day of “massacre” when a group of 200 Indonesian soldiers appeared and began shooting, with some even chasing fleeing and hiding Timorese at the cemetery ground.
This gruesome event was caught on tape by a group of international journalists. The videotape was smuggle out of the country and later on became a significant catalysts for the international community to take notice, understand and be at one with East Timor struggle for independence.
A drive up to the mountain nearby offers a good panoramic view of the inner Dili city proper.
It will also give you an idea where the trucks loaded with people that you usually see on the city streets goes to. They are Timorese who lives uphill and goes to the city for work or school daily.
Out of all the street art in Dili, the Santa Claus drawing is the one I like the most. He is everywhere, on the street of Bairo Pite, somewhere in Fatuhada and on those small lanes perpendicular to Rua Nicola Lobato.
So, just imagine my delight when I saw one uphill somewhere in Nopeng.