Aela De Deus, a coffee farmer from East Timor’s Emera distric, prepares dried coffee parchement before it is transfred into bags for transport to Dili. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/

Armindo de Deus has worked all his life as a coffee farmer in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. He is a wiry, weather-beaten man with darting, milky(...)

East Timor’s President, Taur Matan Ruak takes regular trips to the most remote districts and walks from village to village to talk to villagers, here he is greeted by the village elders in Marobo. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/

In the village of Marobo, a gruelling seven-hour drive from Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, the arrival of president Taur Matan Ruak has all the (...)

Young boys play on concrete blocks at Dili’s port, as a container ship sails in. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/

Eleven years after independence, the array of socioeconomic challenges facing Timor-Leste remains significant. According to the United Nations Develop(...)

In Timor-Leste: Nino Konis Santana, the country’s first national park. Photograph: Rosie Nic Cionnaith
The forest’s inner struggle

‘I was nine years old when the Indonesians invaded Timor-Leste in 1975, and I fled to the mountains with my mum, my grandmother, my brother and sister(...)