DÍLI, July 29, 2020 (TATOLI) – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MNEC), Adaljiza Magno, said today that a Timorese worker had lost all his personal documents, including his passport and identity card, following a fire that broke out last Monday at the Backpacker Hostel in Queensland, Australia.
“I ask the Timor-Leste Embassy in Australia to assist our citizen, who lost his documents, with their problem,” said Minister Magno
Ms Adaljiza has already instructed the Ambassador of Timor-Leste in Australia, Inês Almeida, to assist.
She added that Australia had lept to action to work with and support these workers.
Australia’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Roberts, also revealed there were ten Timorese workers affected by the fire that broke out on Monday at the Backpacker Hostel, in Bundaberg where they were staying, eight of which are men.
“On Monday, a fire broke out at the site where Timorese workers lived. The incident caused no minor or serious injuries. Currently, the health status of the ten people involved in the fire in Australia is stable,” he said.
Ambassador Roberts added that the Timorese Government and the embassy in Australia would make every effort to support the ten citizens. including the regularization of all their documentation that were lost.
Journalist: Florencio Miranda Ximenes
Editor: Julia Chatarina/Nick Kettle
Translation: Nelia Borges