An extract from the documentary music drama "Quito"
by Martin & Peter Wesley-Smith
|Singers (from an interview with Fatima Gusmão [Quito's sister] by the late Michele Turner [published in Turner, M, Telling - East Timor: Personal Testimonies 1942-1992, The University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1992]):|
A collaborator in East Timor invited Aunt Alexandrina and the whole family to dinner. They were still weak from their time in the bush, but they cleaned the children and went. They thought as they had not fought with guns, just helped with medicine in the bush, they might be offered better conditions. But when they got to the place, they were shown out the back where their graves had already been dug. Alexandrina asked for her husband to be killed first, to save him from the sight, then the children, and herself last so she could be sure the girls were not raped. A Timorese friend said she acted with great dignity. They were all killed, yes, shot: Felisberto, Alexandrina and all five children, the youngest six years old ...
Oh Lord, I'm so filled with fear (... the youngest six years old ...)
The road to heaven is no longer clear (... six years old ...)
I keep falling from above
The wind is squalling
The galling wind from over the sea
I'm losing ...
Losing, losing ...