I felt that I still had so much to learn and still had very limited knowledge about what was already happening. That four-year period alone could account for over 1, children taken away, but the number could well have been much higher. At the moment of its formulation, through to the creation of its structure and financing, the needs of the military and the judgments of military planners remained supreme. A copy of this instruction was attached to a letter signed by the district administrator of Ermera with a list of the names of orphans who could be adopted by soldiers.

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