2016-12-15 15:20:00

Remembering Sr. Valsa five years on

Indian Sister Valsa John Malamel, a 53-year old member of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and ‎Mary congregation, was brutally murdered on the night of Nov. 15, 2011, in the poor remote village of Pachuari in eastern India’s Jharkhand state.  She fought for the rights of the poor indigenous people against a lucrative coal mining operation in the area that threatened them with displacement and other dire consequences.  She obtained permission from her order to live away from community life to dedicate herself for the poor, and in the bargain, she paid the ultimate price.  Five years on, we remember Sr. Valsa and her sacrifice.


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