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Sister Thankama visits conflict-ridden districts to provide medical assistance to those in need

Nun helps villagers in Kashmir's strife-torn border regions

Sister Thankama immunizing a child living in the Nagrota area of Jammu and Kashmir state. The nun has extended the church's medical mission to the India-Pakistan border areas where government programs are hardly available. (Photo by Umar Manzoor Shah)

Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar
India

July 12, 2017

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Sister Thankama had no idea of life in India's violence-ridden Jammu and Kashmir state before she moved there eight years ago. She now knows the risk of living in a conflict zone all too well, but loves her work with the church-run St. Joseph Community Hospital.

A native of the southern Indian state Kerala, the 41-year-old nun from the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary congregation, moved to the area on the India-Pakistan border after working in villages in other northern Indian states including Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Sister Thankama, who uses only one name, was surprised about the lack of awareness among the local people about several diseases. She discovered the inhabitants living close to the border areas failed to take women's health and child birth seriously.

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