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102
DECEMBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
LOCAL LENS
BY MEREDI TH HI EMSTRA
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THI S UNEDI TED PHOTO WAS TAKEN WI TH
A CANON POWERSHOT SD780 I S, A S IMPLE POCKET CAMERA .
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emetery Beach, in Timor-Leste’s capital city, Dili, is where expat families often gather for
evening picnics to enjoy the shallow, calm, clean and temperate waters. On this day in May
2012, I had taken a morning hike with a French friend in the Bebonuk neighborhood. Te
colorful, carved canoes with bamboo outriggers are used by local fsherman who cast their
nets in the Banda Sea. Te beach’s namesake is an adjacent village cemetery. Behind my camera, our
kids were wading in a natural pool, after we ensured no crocodiles were lurking in the vicinity.
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Meredith Hiemstra joined the Foreign Service in 2003. She served as the information management ofcer in
Timor-Leste from 2009 to 2012, and is now working remotely for the Information Resources Management
Bureau while accompanying her FS husband, Diplomatic Security ofcer Jan Hiemstra, who is on assignment
to the Navy War College in Newport, R.I..