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THE MIGRANT POEM

Will you Walk with Me ?

 

As you miss your morning walk,

can you walk this road with me...

I’ve helped to build your house dear sir,

can you share my agony ?

Just a few steps, not very far, as the blisters taunt my feet...

Can you share a sip or two with me,

of hopelessness and heat?

No one cares, no second look, no plane to bring me back ?

My child on hips, my future bleak, my life in one limp sack...

Unseen, unheard, no voice, no vote

- the stream unwanted flows.

No open arms, no petals fall, the sound of closing doors.

My child looks up, eyes question me, to this nation I belong ?

No time  for migrants walking home,

but for spirit, queues  are long ?

And yet for those who labour low, we have no wheel or bus,

No train, no food, no care, no speech - no fancy words or fuss?

We walk the walk, you talk the talk, watch tragedy with ease ?

Society sinks in symphony, dont miss the real disease.

“Oh give them cake, if there is  no bread",

ignore their whine and noise;

And they’ll die down or disappear, a mass without a voice.

Snap your fingers when you need them next, and they will walk this path once more,

To build your home, or lift your load or mop your marble floor.

Migrant guest, you’re like God himself ,

remembered only in our need,

All other times, not  seen, not heard,

just camouflaged by greed.

These images will haunt us, the visuals take a toll ,

The hopeless eyes, the tired feet, a nation without soul!

Aatmanirbhar* - too big a word tag along my path with me,

I’m vocal and I’m local, but no one seems to see.

I’m vocal and I’m local, but no one seems to see.

By Anil Abraham

 

* Aatmanirbhar is a Hindi phrase coined by the Indian Prime Minister in a key speech during lockdown meaning "depend on yourself” - India as a nation is proud to be largely self-reliant. 

Patient' stories from St.Luke's and the community

Often there is not enough room in the newsletters to record some of the stories about the work we have done with patients over the weeks and months. Click on the link at the top to find out more of the kind of work we do at St.Luke's and beyond.

Sunday school expanding - 2017

Dr Barnabas Murmu 

 

Born 31st December 1934 

Died 28th April 2020      

Medical Superintendent St Lukes Hospital Hiranpur

June 1990 to April 2020

 

Barnabas was a warm, gentle  and modest man who lived a life of service, never having ambitions to climb a career ladder or to place himself above others. He is remembered by many, with gratitude to God and with much respect and affection.

Barnabas was orphaned as an infant, and was adopted by Sister Madge Grandy, a nurse working in the village of Pathra, where Barnabas therefore grew up. He was a good student at school, and earned a place to study medicine in Patna. Once qualified, he worked for a short time in St Luke's Hospital, but he was keen to specialise in paediatrics and to gain experience in the UK. He was able to get training posts in Cardiff and in the south of England for the next 4 years, and passed the Diploma in Child Health before returning to work full time at St Luke's, alongside Bryan and Helen Thompson, Dr Snigdha Sircar, and a succession of other doctors. His expertise was much appreciated and he lightened the workload of his colleagues considerably. Soon after his return to Hiranpur, his marriage to Staff nurse Sunitha was arranged, which was a joyful occasion. In the following years, they had 4 sons who were a great joy to them.

Family life was not always easy, as Sunitha took a govt post as a ward sister in Bokaro, and the boys were sent to different boarding schools, all requiring quite a lot of travel to take them there and to bring them home. After Madge Grandy passed away, another lady who had cared

 

for Barnabas, called Martha, came to live with him, and was a maternal figure to him. After she had also died, an aunt called Shanti lived with the family, and this was a help in the times that Sunitha was working away. Christmas holidays, when all the family could be together, were particularly happy, though this was also the time when the hospital was often at its busiest.

 

Barnabas was a conscientious and helpful colleague in hospital, as well as a supportive church member, taking his turn to preach, and lead worship and prayer meetings. Although he always gave the impression that he would have preferred to carry on as a clinician working as part of a medical team, in the hour of need, he willingly took on the post of medical superintendent, when the time came for Bryan and Helen to retire. These were difficult times, when attracting medical staff to such a rural hospital, and support from the diocesan authorities was lacking, but Barnabas persevered, and put his work and responsibility way above personal preference, family convenience and even his own health and well being. On the Bishop's advice, he closed the hospital when Sunitha's health deteriorated, and she passed away. This was a great sadness to the whole family, but still Barnabas tried to do what he could for patients seeking help.

 

When Shubhro and Elisabeth restarted clinical work at St Lukes in September 2015

 

Dr Murmu returned to clinical work gladly serving alongside them, and once again took up the role

 

of Medical Superintendent, with Shubhro as Clinical Director.

 

Only when his own health was significantly affected, and Dr Murmu needed to be cared for by his sons, did he stop working.

Barnabas was a warm, gentle  and modest man who lived a life of service., never having ambitions to climb a career ladder or to place himself above others. He is remembered by many, with gratitude to God and with much respect and affection

Thanks for generosity of Christian friends in Dumka - Life Builders Community Trust (LBC)

 

PPE

Not only in the NHS have stories of inadequate PPE been told - it is the same all over the world.

Michael and Manik disappeared off on the scooty on more than one occasion in March, bringing back around 700 cloth masks in total. They are made of soft cotton and washable and thuis reusable. We had plenty gloves - thanks to our loyal collectors all over Scotland and the north of England.

But what of masks  and visors ?

We looked in to trying to make them ourselves, but the acetate needed was not available since all the stationary shops were closed. Then a call came from Deb Ghos, a friend of Pastor James Roxburgh

We want to thank the leaders of  LBC - Deb Ghosh and Chris Hembrom, who spent many hours you spent on the phone discussing the various PPE products, and doing the research into the quality

of masks, goggles, visors etc. - and then negotioating a deal with companies in  South India

 

We are truly grateful to the Life Builders Community Trust for thinking of

us, praying for us, raising funds, and doing all the hard work in procuring this PPE for us.As COVID cases continued to rise in India, and many of the general public already infected in Jharkhand, this gift of PPE took on even greater significance.