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Dalia Kiakilir

Editor Chief Global Voices Tetun Timor-Leste

Journalist, Author & Translator Global Voices Internasional & Global Voices Lusofonia

Dalia was born in Dili, East Timor.

In 1984 she was forced to leave East Timor to go to Portugal with her parents due to war situation.

She followed her studies at the Higher Institute of Languages ​​and Administration in Lisbon, and currently lives in England and attends City Of Oxford College, the course of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In Portugal was part of the Cultural & Traditional group from Timor-Leste named Tata-Mai-Lau founded by her parents, disseminating the culture of Timor over the world and more importantly spreading the desire for peace and freedom for her country. The group was invited to perform in the Nobel Peace prize award in 1996 for the laureates José Ramos Horta and Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.

Dalia falls in love with music and writing from an early age and the cultural group was her biggest motivation to continue her artistic career. Today she's a Timorese artist, singer, actress and writer who continues to spread her passion for her country through art. Find out more @ “Kiakilir”:

Being Part of Global Voices Internatonal & Global Voices in Portuguese is another challenge that she is ready to embrace.

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Latest posts by Dalia Kiakilir

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."

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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