As the United Nations peacekeeping mission withdraws from East Timor, more than 900 Timorese will lose their jobs in a country where unemployment is high.
By December 31, the UN will have left its base in East Timor's capital city, Dili, leaving local cooks, cleaners, drivers and interpreters looking for work.
A handful of others will also be left jobless as foreign forces are also pulling out, including New Zealand's troops.
Jose Amaral, 36, has worked as an interpreter for the Australian military since 2006, when internal unrest broke out and Dili was besieged by gangs intent on vandalising and, in some cases, setting fire to everything in their sights.
"When the Australian and New Zealand military leave here, I will try to look for another job," he says.
He hopes to work for a non-governmental organisation or private company to find something different.
Amaral likes his interpreting job and isn't sure about the military withdrawal.
"I reckon a little bit of trouble's going to happen," he says.
UN interpreter Yohanes Taek, who has been in the role for four and a half years, is more positive and says he will study or apply for jobs as a teacher.
Finn Reske-Nielsen, of Denmark, is the UN security council special representative for East Timor.
He acknowledges the job loses and says the Timorese government is aware of them.
"The short answer is at the micro-level there will only be a limited impact," Reske-Nielsen says.
"We have for the past few years had a national staff certification programme in place. The vast majority of staff have benefited from training opportunities."
Some of Dili's hotels, bars and restaurants could also take a hit. Right now they are full of UN workers, most of whom will be gone next year, and precious few Timorese.
A study has found the UN presence accounts for 2.5 per cent of consumption in East Timor's tiny economy.
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