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Ainaro is a town in East Timor, the capital of the Ainaro Municipality, and is located in the southwest part of the country. The Ainaro Subdistrict has a population of approximately 14,130 people (2001).[1] It contains the small mountain town of Ainaro, the district capital, along with the sucos of Soro, Maununo, Cassa, Suro Craic, Manutassi, and Mau-Ulo. The town of Ainaro is located 78 km south of Dili, the national capital.

Skyline of Ainaro
Ainaro is located in East Timor
Location in East Timor
Coordinates: 8°59′49″S 125°30′18″E / 8.99694°S 125.50500°E / -8.99694; 125.50500Coordinates: 8°59′49″S 125°30′18″E / 8.99694°S 125.50500°E / -8.99694; 125.50500
CountryFlag of East Timor.svg East Timor
Administrative postAinaro
 • Total235.94 km2 (91.10 sq mi)
831 m (2,726 ft)
 • Total15,558
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (TLT)

The town of Ainaro's main resources are its delicious organic coffee and aromatic sandalwood trees. It is a diverse community, where Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims are neighbors.


Destruction of AinaroEdit

During the Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999, Ainaro was home to a large contingent of Indonesian military (TNI)-backed pro-Indonesia militias in the months leading up to the 30 August 1999 referendum on independence. As a result, it suffered near-total devastation during the TNI orchestrated scorched earth operation with more than 95 percent of its buildings destroyed.

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  1. ^ "Ainaro & Manatuto Community Activation Project (AMCAP)" (PDF). UNDP Dili, East Timor. 2001. Retrieved 2017-03-07.

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