02/27/2018, 09.30
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Sylhet, Sister of Mother Teresa stabbed by thieves: 'I forgive them’

by Sumon Corraya

Sr. M. Madeleine works in the "Homes for Malnutrition Center”, which welcomes more than 100 poor and abandoned people. She was attacked back at the bank, where she had just withdrawn 990 euros. The nuns refused to file a complaint.

Moulovibazar (AsiaNews) - A sister of Mother Teresa was stabbed yesterday in Bangladesh, but has decided not to file a complaint against the four assailants who seriously injured her. The missionary is Sr. M. Madeleine and works in the "Homes for Malnutrition Center," of the Catholic Church of Lokhipur, in the diocese of Sylhet.

The structure houses more than 100 abandoned children and poor people. The religious said: "They do not know the spirit of our foundress, Saint Mother Teresa, for whom the motto was love. We can only take care of these miserable people. I forgive those who attacked me ".

Speaking to AsiaNews Fr. Sagor Louis Rozario omi, assistant parish priest, said that the religious was attacked while returning from a bank in Kularua, in Moulovibazar. "Together with another missionary - he reports -, she had gone to the bank to withdraw money necessary for the maintenance of the center. On the way back they were stopped by four unknown men, who approached them on board a motorcycle and a CNG [typical Bengali motor rickshaw with three wheels - ed]. The criminals tried to steal the bag. Faced with the refusal of Sr. M. Madeleine, they unsheathed a knife and stabbed her in her left hand ".

The priest reports that the thieves wanted the 100 thousand taka (about 990 euros) that the nun had just withdrawn. "The thieves - he continues - abandoned her as she screamed in pain. Some passers-by rescued her and took her to the hospital. She lost a lot of blood and three stitches were needed ".

The nun decided not to file a complaint. However, the news of her assault spread quickly, and the Kularua police visited her in the hospital. Md. Shamim Musa, head of the station, said: "We are looking for these thieves. We hope to catch them soon ".

Boniface Khongla, secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the diocese of Sylhet, went to the hospital to support Sr. M. Madeleine. The Catholic expresses "concern for the attack against a sister of Mother Teresa. In the diocese the missionaries manage two centers for the needy and forgotten people, for the most part Muslims and Hindus. The religious serve those who are neglected by society. Who will serve them in the future if they are persecuted? ".

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