Timor-Leste

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Timorese Fact 1 (Oct. 1–Oct. 7, 2006)

Timor-Leste was granted independence from Indonesia on May 20th, 2002, making it the second newest country in the world.

Timorese Fact 2 (Oct. 8–Oct. 14, 2006)

During the war for independence with Indonesia, nearly 300,000 Timorese were force-ably dislocated from their homes.  As of June 2005, all of these people had either resettled in Indonesia or returned to their homes in Timor-Leste.

Timorese Fact 3 (Oct. 15–Oct. 21, 2006)

One of Timor-Leste’s chief industries is soap production.

Timorese Fact 4 (Oct. 22–Oct. 28, 2006)

Timor-Leste is roughly the size of Connecticut, but has about a third of the population.