Kirsty Sword Gusmão

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Kirsty Sword Gusmão was the first lady of East Timor from 2000 to 2015. Gusmão wanted kids to be able to learn. Gusmão started the Alola Foundation.  The Alola Foundation helps girls, their families and helps poor people. She helped free East Timor from Indonesia. Gusmão was a spy for twenty years.[1][2]

Early life[change | change source]

Gusmão was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1966. She went to Melbourne University and studied education.

East Timor[change | change source]

Gusmão first traveled to the East Timor part of Indonesia in 1991. She was finding information for a movie on the area and was the interpreter for the movie maker. She became a teacher in Jakarta, Indonesia. She worked there from 1992-1996. She was worried about human rights in East Timor. While she fought for human rights she met the East Timor independence leader, Xanana Gusmão. He was in prison. She met him through going to his jail cell.[3] She married him in 2000.

She moved back to Melbourne, Australia , for cancer treatment in 2012. In 2015, Sword Gusmão and Gusmão announced their separation.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Murdoch, Lindsay. “Xanana Gusmao and Kirsty Sword Gusmao announce separation” The Sydney Morning Herald.  22 March, 2015. 7 May, 2018.
  2. “Kirsty Sword Gusmão Biography” ALOLA Foundation, May 8, 2018
  3. Alola Foundation. "Kirsty Sword Gusmão Biography." http://www.alolafoundation.org/general.php?pageID=426 May 9, 2018.