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Nun Forced to Leave India after 29 years of Helping Leprosy Patients

Because the government of India has refused to renew her residency:

A Catholic nun from Britain who has spent 29 years caring for leprosy patients in Bengaluru, India, is being forced to give up her work and leave the country after Delhi refused to renew her residency permit.

London-born Jacqueline Jean McEwan, now known as Sister Jean, or the Mother Teresa of Sumanahalli, runs a mobile clinic for leprosy patients. She has been ordered to leave without explanation by the union home ministry and if her appeal for permission to stay goes unanswered by 2pm on Monday she will have to board an evening flight bound for London.

“It’s in God’s hands,” said the 63-year-old nun, who spent her early years in Newcastle but has been working at the centre, run by the Sumanahalli Society, since 1982.

“I work with leprosy patients in two city slums and a nearby village. They’re old and neurologically damaged, and suffer from ailments such as cancer. I’ve spent a long time with my people in Bengaluru, but wherever God wants me to be I won’t remain idle,” she said…

The rest on this deportation here.

UPDATE:  Good news. India assures a long stay for British nun working with leprosy victims!

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