About Stolen Children from Timor-Leste

Currently in Indonesia, thousands of children from Timor-Leste (who are now adults) have not seen their families for about 40 years, due to the conflict in Timor-Leste from 1975-1999. Parents in Timor-Leste are still looking for their children in Indonesia. These children are often referred to as "Labarik Lakon," which means "Lost Child" in Tetun, Timor-Leste’s national language. Special efforts should be taken to help reunite them with their families in Timor-Leste

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Timor-Leste (CAVR) stated that Timorese children forcibly transferred to Indonesia numbered in the thousands, which “demonstrates the view that by taking control of Timor-Leste, Indonesia has unlimited power over children."

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Search

Since 2013 we have been conducting searches in various parts of Indonesia.

Learn more about how we conduct the search process, and what you can do to support it.

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Reunification

Reunification is very possible and can be beautiful. Since 2015, we have reunited dozens of separated families each year.

View the emotional and beautiful moments of the reunions recorded in various formats: writing, photos, videos, and other works of art.

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Post-Reunion Activities

Being separated from one’s family, culture and hometown leaves a deep wound.

View our efforts to further promote truth-telling, strengthen victim groups, and increase public understanding of this issue.

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Those who have been found

169

Those who have been reunited

80

Those who are still missing

Videos

Long Journey Home - the Stolen Children of Timor-Leste

CAVR Timor-Leste memperkirakan bahwa sekitar 4000 anak diambil dari keluarga mereka dan dikirim ke Indonesia selama pendudukan. Pemindahan anak ada...

Books

[ENG] Stolen: A Journey Home in Photographs and Memories

Selama pendudukan Indonesia di Timor Leste, ribuan anak Timor-Leste secara paksa dikeluarkan dari keluarganya dan dibawa ke Indonesia. Pada tahun 2...