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posted 08 November 2003 09:48 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think this is an interesting story because this woman did what is normally done by paternalistic missionaries whose main goal is to win souls - she spent a large portion of her life tending the sick in Africa. She wasn't affiliated with any organization, just did it herself because she wanted to - no ulterior motive. Unfortunately, this is an obituary because she was murdered.

Annalena, a 60-year-old Italian, could have garnered the celebrity of a Mother Teresa for Africa if she had tried. Instead she chose invisibility and an almost surreal humility: she wanted the fewest possible barriers between herself and those she lived and worked among.

She chose to be “without a name, without the security of a religious order, without membership of any organisation”.

She avoided all status and recognition, accepting a prestigious award from the Pope for her services as a “voluntary worker” only under heavy pressure from friends. A devout Christian among a wholly Muslim population, the only faith she ever proselytised was the doctrine of love.

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