Mother Teresa saved children during the 1982 war in Lebanon

Mother Teresa saved children during the 1982 war in Lebanon

Amman-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media

Back in 1982, Mother Teresa of Calcutta helped evacuate 37 retarded and handicapped children from a mental hospital in the Sabra Refugee Camp.

Her wrinkled face broke into a broad grin as she entered the Dar al-Ajaza al-Islamia Mental Hospital and began embracing the children, huddled in a group on the floor.
In her blue-fringed white habit, the 72-year-old nun, who won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, moved quietly through the knot of children, ranging in age from 7 to 21, giving a handshake to one of the older ones.

Most of the children seemed unaware of what was happening. Some began to cry. The nun tried to comfort them. Then, one by one, International Red Cross workers, hospital employees and Mother Teresa herself began picking up the children, many of them deformed. A few of the older ones, though retarded as well, were being taken along to help care for the younger ones.

They were put into four Red Cross vehicles and taken across the green line to the Spring School in East Beirut, an institution founded by Mother Teresa two years ago.
Asked about her impressions, Mother Teresa said: ''I have never been in a war before, but I have seen famine and death. I was asking myself, what do they feel when they do this. I don't understand it. They are all the children of God. Why do they do it, I don't understand.''

Mother Teresa arrived in Beirut from Rome after having met with Pope John Paul II.
''She asked us what our most serious problem was,'' said John de Salis, head of the Red Cross mission in west Beirut. ''We told her, you must come and see these children. She came, she saw them, and said: 'I'll take them.' ''

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