Nuns and prisoners reconciled after violent attack

Prisoners at Bihute jail near Goroka in Papua New Guinea have reconciled with Sisters of Mercy.

The reconciliation means that the sisters will resume their programs inside the jail.

They were stopped earlier in the year after an attack on the  sisters’ residence.

In April, 12  armed men drove into the Sisters of Mercys’ compound in Goroka. They brutally assaulted three sisters and stole personal items like laptops, mobile phones and cash money.

One of the attackers had been caught after a police road block while the others are still on the run.

Sister Maryanne Kolkia, pictured above, was beaten up during the burglary.

At the reconciliation meeting in the prison she told the prisoners that they should appreciate the work the sisters do and make use of what they have to offer.

“We the Sisters of Mercy and other churches and non-governmental organisations are doing these work for you the prisoners to benefit from,” she said.

“We do not expect anything from you in return but the way several criminals are targeting us is a concern that needs to be addressed.”

The reconciliation was organised by the jail commander Superintendent Simon Lakeng at the jail.

Lakeng thanked the Sisters for their faithfulness in assisting prisoners.



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