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Maltese nun in the Holy Land cannot do missionary work with the poor due to Covid 19 restrictions

Lockdown restrictions in Israel and the Holy Land have recently been resisted by both the Jewish and Christian Orthodox. Malta’s representative in Palestine, Reuben Gauci, said that historic tensions have increased tension and anxiety created by the pandemic.

TVM spoke with an elderly Maltese nun on the current difficult situation.

Franciscan nun of Ta’ Marija order, Emma Micallef has been in the Holy Land for 34 years and she has never been so frustrated as today as she has to remain at home instead of doing missionary work.

“I celebrate my 89th birthday two months from now and I am at a risk……soldiers stopped me…”

With Bethlehem and Jerusalem now without any pilgrims in sight, the cities are well guarded with more soldiers.

Malta’s representative Reuben Gauci said that the Maltese community is keeping contact with communication means, including social media.

“An initiative was made for Maltese to write messages to Maltese in Malta and we upload them on our social media…it is difficult when you know that you cannot go there”.

Mr Gauci stated that while tension in the Middle East is the order of the day, stress and anxiety increased due to the Covid-19. “The pandemic increased the existing tension with regular checkpoints by civilian officers, not soldiers…this is fearful”.

TVM also spoke with a Palestinian woman who has lived in Malta for 30 years and ended up stranded in Gaza where she went for her father’s funeral. “The corona started after my father died and I had to stay in Palestine….it is sad with children, my son and all the family in Malta. The problem is how I can get out…the border is closed”.

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