How did I come to be in East Timor? That is the exact question I asked myself upon arriving in Dili, the national capital, with my husband Ben, our 2-year-old son Oscar and 6-month-old daughter Chloe in tow. It was very hot and humid and there was a real threat of a looming dengue epidemic from Indonesia. My anxiety for the health of our children was in no way eased when, a few days after our arrival, an Australian expatriate asked, “What sort of a place is this to bring kids?”.
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