Suai, East Timor

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Suai
Subdistrict and town
New Ave Maria Church 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 Subdistrict
Suco Debos
Area
 • Total 302.60 km2 (116.83 sq mi)
Elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Population (2015 census)
 • Total 9,866
 • Density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zone East Timor Standard Time (UTC+9)
Climate Aw

Suai is a city in East Timor, in Suai Subdistrict. It has a population of 9,866 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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