Jharkhand, November 17, 2011: The funeral of Sister Valsa John, originally from Kerala took place this morning in the cathedral of Dumka (
There have been no official statements yet regarding the murder of Sister Valsa, which took place in front of her house, but many suspect the coal Mafia, which operates in the region, is responsible. The Catholic nun, 53 years, belonged to the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary and several times had been approached by local crime gang member, for issues related to the coal mines. “Our sister – says her elder brother MJ Baby, – had told us about the threats, but was firm on her positions in favor of the tribals. I did not think the would kill her. ” The family had seen the nun for the last time in August, when she returned to
Fr. Tom Kavala, SJ, who has worked for over 15 years with the nun, told AsiaNews: “Sister Valsa created a tribal organization to stop the expropriation of land sought by the powerful coal lobbies, including helping them to obtain compensation from companies. Six years ago, one of these lobbies e tried to buy out nine villages and Sister Valsa mobilized the local poor people. These coal barons lodged 33 complaints against her and her supporters, and many of them ended up in prison”.
“Sister Valsa – said Mgr. Marandi – paid for her struggle for the poor and defenseless, against the interests of the powerful coal mafia with her life. The
After taking her vows in 1984, Sister Valsa started teaching economics at St George High School in
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