Thomas Scaria is a senior journalist based in India who has worked in Sri Lanka until recently in an intergovernmental organization. He has written for the Union of Catholic Asian News since 1991 and received its 2000 Best Reporter award. He also writes for Matters India, a news portal that focuses on religious and social issues and collaborates with Global Sisters Report.
Although the end of Sri Lanka's civil war brought some relief, suspicion and tension remain between Sinhalese and Tamil communities. Bridging the gap between the hearts needed much [more] effort than political willpower.
Salvatorian nuns have built houses in various parts of Sri Lanka for more than 200 families in need, especially households with single parents, widows and victims of the island nation's 1983-2009 civil war.
Catholic nuns are rejoicing in the success of an historic yearlong protest by India's farmers against federal reforms that deregulated crop prices and opened fields to corporate interests.
At a center near a war-devastated region in Sri Lanka, Salvatorian nuns care for children who are war orphans and victims of sexual exploitation. They help the children cope with trauma from the civil war that ended in 2009.