|Roti Island Traditional Houses|
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Rumah adat sekitar Olafulihaa, Rote
|The King of Thie was helped to the throne by the Dutch many years ago. The King, who died four years ago, had forty wives and 25 children. His eldest son, crown prince Jersy Weltry Messakh is head of the department of Culture and Tourism for Rote. When his father died the kingdom died with him, Rote is now a precinct of Indonesia. The island is still very much part of the third world, very high unemployment, very low wages, little sanitation, no running water and a lot of places don’t have electricity. The average wage is 500,000 rupiah per month which equates to about $68.00 AUD.|