Vatican City, Sep 3, 2016 / 08:50 am
A year before a March 4 attack killed four sisters, the Missionaries of Charity opted not to leave, but to remain with their patients in the war-torn country of Yemen, the sole survivor said on Saturday.
“In the midst of this dangerous situation, our dearest Sr. Prema, MC, general superior, called us from Calcutta and spoke to us individually. She gave us a choice to remain or leave the place,” Sr. Sally shared at an event in St. Peter's Square Sept. 3.
“All of us had one answer: 'we choose to stay, to live or die with our poor.'”
On March 4, 2016, the Missionaries of Charity's care home center in Aden, Yemen was attacked by two gunmen, who killed Sr. Anselm, Sr. Judith, Sr. Marguerite, and Sr. Reginette, along with 16 other victims, including volunteers from Ethiopia and Yemen. Sr. Sally, the convent's superior, was able to escape.
None of the center's 60-80 residents were harmed.
Sr. Sally said that even in March 2015, a year before the attack, the situation in Yemen was very dangerous with “shooting and bombing everywhere.”
“We had 64 residents, 14 helpers, 5 sisters, and we had no food. We found ourselves in an utterly helpless situation.”
On the evening of the 30th of March, and in the pitch dark because they had no electricity, the sisters heard a knock on their door. Filled with “fear and anxiety,” they answered it to find that someone had brought them fruits and vegetables. “God works with us in our daily living. We believed it and we experienced it,” Sr. Sally said.