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Dalia Kiakilir

Editor Chief Global Voices Tetun Timor-Leste

Dalia, Kiakilir Agostinho, Author and Contributor at the Timor-Leste News Agency “TATOLI, Timor-Post newspaper and Independente newspaper.

In 1984 she left Timor-Leste with her family because of the war situation in her country. Lived in Portugal until 2010.

Dalia continued her studies at the Superior Institute of Languages ​​and Administration in Lisbon and currently resides in England and attends the City Of Oxford Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In Portugal she was part of the Timor-Leste Cultural Group of Dances and Songs called Tata-Mai-Lau founded by her parents, spreading the culture of Timor throughout the world and more importantly spreading the desire for Peace and Freedom for Timor-Leste. Tata-Mai-Lau was invited to act in the Nobel Peace Prize cerimony in 1996 to the laureates Dr. José Ramos Horta and Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.

Dalia is passionate about music and writing since she was little, and the cultural group was her greatest motivation to continue her career. Today she is independent managing her time between her family and her professional career, Dalia comment: “There is always time when we do what we love”.

Dalia released her first solo album LIAFUAN in 2011 in Timor-Leste and is currently recording her 2nd album to be released in her homeland. At the same time has a Reccord Deal with Producer RSARTISTS in London and with the recording of 2 songs in English to be released in England. This girl, who left Timor-Leste since the age of 2 says that although in Portugal, her parents always made it a point that their children never forgot about Timor.

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Latest posts by Dalia Kiakilir

23 May 2019

In the UK, Timorese celebrated 17 years since the restoration of Timor-Leste's independence

The Timorese residing in the university city of Oxford, UK, hosted the event "20 May", where they celebrated 17 years of the restoration of Timor-Leste's independence.

26 October 2016

From China to Indonesia to Timor Leste, Discover the Beats of Asian Hip Hop

Time to update your playlist.

18 October 2016

Meet Eufrasia Vieira, the ‘Next Angelina Jolie’ From Timor-Leste

"Sometimes, I take those compliments as a joke. Angelina is so beautiful and she’s just wow. I’m just ordinary woman living a simple life."

Journalists Call on Timor-Leste PM to Drop Defamation Complaint Against Reporters


Around the world, reporters are trying to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste to abandon a criminal complaint against two journalists who say he was involved in government corruption.

11 September 2016

Timorese Olympic Athletes Didn't Win a Medal in Rio but Still Inspired Their Country

"We will tell the youth to focus on sports and contribute to the nation. It's similar to the path shown to us by our heroes in their fight for independence."

26 July 2016

A School in Timor-Leste Is Fining Students for Speaking One of the Country’s Two Official Languages

Students "who do not speak the language,” the school's director says, are better off “remaining silent.” According to reports, students caught speaking any language other than Portuguese are fined.

30 June 2016

‘I'll Stay as Long as the Queen Allows Me to Stay’ and Other Brexit Reactions From the Portuguese-Speaking World

"Brexit...whatever happens from now on, no one can erase these results from citizens' memories."

27 June 2016

After Brexit, Timor-Leste Workers Are Worried About Their Future in the UK

"European leaders must display serenity and begin to re-imagine a Union that is more peoples-based, reconnecting with the real people, less focused on the stifling Brussels-based bureaucrats."

7 May 2016

Timor Leste's Prime Minister Isn't Backing Down on His Defamation Lawsuit Against Two Journalists

"This defamation complaint threatens to significantly undermine press freedom in Timor Leste by engendering a culture of fear and intimidation among journalists who report on issues of national import."

5 April 2016

‘Free West Papua’ Campaign Turns to Social Media for Global Support

The campaign encourages netizens to express support to the independence struggle of West Papua by posting photos on social media using the hashtag #LetWestPapuaVote.

27 March 2016

Online Campaign Tells Australia “Hands Off Timor's Oil” as Thousands March in Dili

Using the hashtags #medianlinenow and #HandsOffTimorsOil, the online campaign urges Australia to respect the maritime boundaries of Timor Leste.

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