The only Sister to have survived a terrorist attack on a Missionaries of Charity-run care home in Yemen in March has given her testimony to pilgrims in Rome.

Sister Mary Sally said all the Sisters at the care home had chosen to stay with their patients despite the violence that had engulfed the country.

“In the midst of this dangerous situation, our dearest Sister Prema, the general superior, called us from Calcutta and spoke to us individually. She gave us a choice to remain or leave the place,” she said on Saturday. “All of us had one answer: ‘We choose to stay, to live or die with our poor.’”

Despite shortages of food, water and medicine and with violence increasing, she said, their hearts were “filled with greater love and enthusiasm”.

Four Missionaries of Charity and 12 other people were killed by uniformed gunmen who entered the home the Sisters operated for the elderly and disabled in Aden. A Salesian priest who worked with the sisters was kidnapped and his whereabouts are still unknown.

The testimony was given at a special audience for people engaged in works of mercy as well as for pilgrims of Mother Teresa’s canonisation.

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