Suai

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Suai
Subdistrict and town
Church of Suai.jpg
Suai is located in East Timor
Suai
Suai
Location in East Timor
Coordinates: 9°18′45″S 125°15′20″E / 9.31250°S 125.25556°E / -9.31250; 125.25556Coordinates: 9°18′45″S 125°15′20″E / 9.31250°S 125.25556°E / -9.31250; 125.25556
Country East Timor
District Cova Lima District
Subdistrict Suai
Suco Debos
Area
 • Total 302.60 km2 (116.83 sq mi)
Elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 25,164
 • Density 83/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone East Timor Standard Time (UTC+9)
Map of Suai subdistrict

Suai is a city in East Timor. It has a population of 23,000 and is located 138 km to the southwest of Dili, the national capital. Suai is the capital of the Cova Lima district, which is in the southwest of the country. It is located just a few kilometers from the Timor Sea, on the south side of the island.

Suai was the location of the Suai Church Massacre in September 1999. It was one of a number of massacres perpetrated by a pro-Indonesia militia in the time of the Indonesian withdrawal of East Timor.

Following the events of 1999, Suai entered into a friendship program with Port Phillip, a bayside district of Melbourne in Australia. Together they are working towards assisting the community of Suai recover.[citation needed]


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