Rosa Pereira do Rêgo was arrested with four other women and detained briefly in June 1976, when she was seven months' pregnant. She was accused of aiding resistance guerrillas and assisting others to join them in the mountains.
She was taken first to the Indonesian military Koramil post in the suburb of Colohun, run by red-beret commandos. There, she was interrogated and was administered electric shocks to her thighs.
From there, she was moved to another interrogation centre in the Colmera-Mandarim district, where she was whipped under questioning. The building where she and other women were held was part of the complex of buildings known as SGI Colmera set up to serve as torture centres soon after Indonesian troops landed in Dili.
Rosa describes the rape of a fellow-prisoner which she witnessed at a house in Audian, committed by one of the SGI commanders. Her baby survived, after a long, difficult home birth.
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Place of Interview: Dili, East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Credits: Interviewer: Jill Jolliffe, Cinematographer: Nicola Daley
Date of Birth: 1925-06-17; Prisons: Dili (?), East Timor (Timor-Leste];