The sister

With Sri Lankan, Portuguese and French roots, Sister Irene Bartelöt is well placed to talk about the diversity of Batticaloa. She talks about the time when people didn’t ask what ethnicity or nationality you were. “People just mixed up”, she said, underscoring the concept on which the I Am project is based. She remembers the time when she felt the call of God, when she served as a nurse during the war and what Batticaloans can teach us about healing. Photography by Kannan Arunasalam.


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