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The violent troubles in 2006 drove many staff of Japanese nongovern- mental organizations out of East Timor. The NGOs I visited had modest offices and accommodations, and the staff lived frugally — unlike the “lords of poverty” I have encountered elsewhere in the international development community.

Peace Winds and the Japan-based Pacific Asia Resource Center (PARC) maintain small operations based in Dili, East Timor’s capital, and each has established a coffee cooperative and assists in the distribution of this Fair Trade, organic coffee in Japan.

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