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Two of Three Killed in Timor were Hams

from Gregorio Caceres, KA4UXJ on September 12, 2000
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Carlos Luis Caceres, was borne in Jan 9, 1967 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

My son and and son of this world, Carlos Luis Caceres (KD4SYB), was killed in Timor, Indonesia this past week at the young age of 33.

He was murdered by the same people that he was protecting and defending their human rights. He was one of the protecting officers representing the United Nations in West Timor performing humanitarian service.

I am very proud of my son. At 23 he was a lawyer, he helped and saved people's lives all over the world. He was fluent in Spanish, English, French, Czech and Russian. He completed a degree in journalism at the University in Gainesville, Florida (1988) and a Law degree at Cornell University (1990) in New York. His ability with different languages and his vast legal knowledge, helped him perform at an international level.

He should be an example to all young students because Carlos was a dedicated student that established himself by hard and dedicated study. He loved the arts, music and the human race.

His body will be transferred this coming week from Timor, Indonesia to his final resting place in Miami, Florida.

Thanks, 

Gregorio Caceres, KA4UXJ 

Jacksonvile, Florida

Carlos was brutally murdered along with 9A4SP and one other UN staffer.

Please visit and sign the Memorial Guestbooks for both families at:

http://www.qsl.net/kd4syb

http://www.qsl.net/9a4sp

 

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Loss of two fine young men in Timor  
by KC7QN on September 15, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Such accomplished and wonderful young men swept from their family at such a young age. I am terribly saddened for their loss. The useless waste of these lives is sickening. The fact that the Mercy Mission that these men were on for the UN speaks volumes for their character. I hope their familys can find solace in the invaluable work of their mission. We just must try harder to find ways to protect the work of these people.
 
Fellow hams and colleagues  
by OZ1GIY on September 17, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Three UNHCR colleagues - Samson Aregahegn, Carlos Caceras and Pero Simundza
- have been savagely lynched in West Timor (Indonesia) and their bodies burned by an armed mob. Newspapers have reported the incident, which coincided with the opening of the Millennium Summit.

Repeated appeals from the United Nations and others for the Indonesian Government to intervene had fallen on deaf ears. Despite the dramatic situation, our colleagues have continued to provide humanitarian assistance to the 125,000 refugees who had remained in West Timor.

They have paid their dedication to the cause of humanity with their lives.

We cannot pay a better tribute to the memory of our colleagues and fellow hams than through the publication of the last email written by Carlos.

"From: Carlos Caseres
Date: 6 sept. 2000, 6:05 a.m.
Subject: Are you still there? - Reply

"My next post needs to be in a tropical island without jungle fever and mad warriors. At this very moment, we are barricaded in the office. A militia leader was murdered last night - he was decapitated and had his heart and penis cut out. Segments of Timorese society must be some of the most violent and gory people anywhere on Earth: Atambua suddenly shut down when news spread that trucks and buses full of militias were coming from Betun (my former home) to Atambua. The town suddenly deserted and all the shops were boarded up in a matter of minutes. Traffic disappeared and the streets
are strangely and ominously quiet. I'm glad that a couple of weeks ago we bought rolls and rolls of barbed wire.
"I was in the office when the news came out that a wave of violence would soon pound Atambua. We sent most of the staff home, rushing to safety. I just heard someone on the radio saying that they are praying for us in the office. The militias are on the way, and I am sure they will do their best to demolish this office. The man killed was the head of one of the most notorious and criminal militia groups of East Timor. These guys act without thinking and can kill a human as easily (and painlessly) as I kill mosquitos in my room.
"You should see this office. Plywood on the windows, staff peering out through openings in the curtains hastily installed a few minutes ago. We are waiting for this enemy, we sit here like bait, unarmed, waiting for wave to hit. I am glad to be leaving this island for three weeks. I just hope I will be able to leave tomorrow.
"As I wait for the militias to do their business, I will draft the agenda for tomorrow's meeting on Kupang. The purpose of the meeting: to discuss how we are to proceed with this operation.
"Carlos"

 
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