Spanish nun who served poor in India for 50 years given 10 days to leave country
ALIGANDA (GAJAPATI): About 280km from Bhubaneswar, reme Aliganda has patchy mobile network, bad roads and resi nts still wait for piped drinking water. But when it comes to education and health, the village is ahead of its peers. It has four schools and a dispensary that serves locals for free, thanks to a Spanish nun who worked for almost 50 years to uplift the poor. Suddenly this month, though, the Centre denied her a visa extension, gave her 10 days to pack her bags and asked her to leave the place she called home, abandoning those she loved.
No one knows why Enedina Costilla, 86, chose this drought-prone village in Gajapati district - close to Mist-affected areas - to spend nearly five decades of her life. Some believe she came here because she specialized in the treatment of TB during her medical training in Madrid and this region was known to be severely afflicted. Others feel it was their good luck that "their saviour" landed here on August 15, 1971. Prior to arriving in Aliganda, Enedina was in Berhampur in Ganjam district since 1966 and had by then mastered the Odia language.
Enedina's departure has led to a marked decline in the number of people visiting the dispensary which she set up in 1971 to provide free treatment for TB and mria, according to Elizabeth Soreng, senior nurse at the dispensary. "She knew every patient by name," Soreng told TOI on Friday.
The 3,600-strong village last saw a heartbroken Enedina on August 18, two days before she boarded a flight to Spain from New Delhi. Goodbyes were hurried. Enedina had been told just over a week ago that her visa would not be renewed. No one has heard from her since. Without a phone number or address, it's her memories that resi nts now hold dear.
It is nice to know the work done by the Nuns. But the hidden motive is convert the people to Chr tianity.
Mitu•3 hours ago
it''s a shame that a person who dedicated her life to the welfare of the people has been treated so badly. WHY do people automatically assume that they all have ulterior motive of converting people.?? Most of them only want to help neglected un cared for people as their duty towards God.!
Anonymous•Delhi•4 hours ago
More to it than what is reported. Even our bureaucrats are not so heartless.
india nation•5 hours ago
The biggest question everybody is missing : WHY THE RULING BJP GOVT DID NOT RENEW HER VISA. Are they ashamed that a foreigner was hel the poor people. They themselves do not have the courage to do something which the nun did selflessly for 50 years
Rajesh Singhal•5 hours ago
there must be a reason for not giving extension for Visa. It cannot be done without having any reason for doing so. It is expected that there may have been some sort of hidden activities behind the screen. Having refused the extension of the Visa, she could have approached the Ministry through an appropriate agent. Neverthless, all that has happened is for the good.
rici•ny•6 hours ago
There are many such frauds who are using service as won for conversion to exclusivistic re gious ideology of church to gain po itical and other powers in India. All of them should be deported in the similar manner.
Sajan George•16 hours ago
Please check the facts ...See how many conversions happened in that area :(
Sajan George•16 hours ago
Please ignore all the ones who ss re gious venom and ignores the good work of a sister who spend 50 years..in an are were people live below poverty line...
Duck Good•Toronto•18 hours ago
INDIA IS THIRD CLASS THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR MINORITIES. JUST FOR FEKU AND HIS HINDU-SHAITANIS.
Shyamsundar•Chennai•1 day ago
This is purely the work of hindu taliban who are utterly afraid and jealous of this doctor''s good work. At this rate, saffron brigade will take our nation & people back to stone age, like Afghanistan.
Reuben Singh•Lucknow•2 days ago
No nun convert anyone. People convert by their own free will. Do you know these nuns wash the potty of old people and mentally retarded people? Can you do it? It is easy to say than doing it.
Sadia Afrin•2 days ago
Modi and BJP are criminals rapist and murderers, bjp preach hate and divide Indians and scare them with lies and fake media.
vishakha singh•2 days ago
Afterall she has returned to country of birth, to her people.Its time she pays back to your country of her birth.She has served a lot here and now it''s time she renders her service to people of her homeland.
Murali K•Delhi•2 days ago
It''s good she left. God''s way of saving her from this country.
Jim Corrigan•Location•2 days ago
How about the children she allowed to be raped by Catholic Priests. The number of Children Raped by Catholic Priests is in the hundreds of thousands. India''s press, not so surprisingly mute.