José Rodrigues dos Santos


A Ilha das Trevas

(The Island of Darkness)


José Rodrigues dos Santos interviewed politicians and diplomats from East Timor, Portugal, the USA and Indonesia, as well as Timorese guerrillas and international journalists who extensively covered the conflict. He travelled twice to East Timor and witnessed the 1999 independence referendum and the subsequent chaos created by the Indonesian militias. Historical review of the manuscript was made by Ana Gomes, former Portuguese ambassador in Indonesia.