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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana February fM Wings o ercy Project offers hope, medical assistance to war torn B osni00L.Herzeg " By MARY ANN HUGHES dent in which she broke her people when my pain became rape camps where women of Medjugorge is the Message staff writer Four years ago, 'Aine Burke traveled to Medjugorje in Yu- goslavia to thank God for sparing her life in a car acci- dent. While she was there, she says she was healed of her injuries. Today, she is traveling throughout the United States asking for the healing of war- torn Bosnia-Herzegovina, a former Yugoslayian republic. She peaks on behalf of the Wings of Mercy Project which offers "prayers, hope and htimanitarian aid" to vic- tims f the war. Five years ago, Burke was a policewoman in Galway, Ire- land: Everyday, she lived with thechronic pain that lingered after a 1983 car acci- legs and her arms, she frac- tured her skull, and she broke her neck in two places. "I was left a full paraplegic for 23 days," she says. "I was very, very ill, and I should have died." Although she ex- perienced almost 100 percent recovery from her injuries, she was left with a "frozen neck. I had no movement what-so-ever in my neck." She began visiting Medju- gorje, a small Yugoslavian village known for Marian ap- paritions. "I went to thank God for my being alive -- not for any healing. I didn't want him to do anything for me. I was very happy with my life although I had lived in pa!n every single day." While in Medjugorje, she attended a healing service. "I was there praying with the , NAAS & SONS. INC. 7llr':Y Excavating & Trucking ollackhoe eDozing eTrenhing eStone =Gravel eAsl=mlt 'DComp|ete Septic System 8, Walet & Sewer Lines eResidential and Commercial -, .. s. .... - 768-6450  ' 768-58o6 $,nce 19,46 at 867-7789 Rod, o D,stchd It E 11| ( endls W on 68). H0ubstl Tom at 768-5518 HASENOUR MOTOR CO.,. INC. 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Burke asked the Galway po- lice force to grant her a year's sabbatical and she began working as a guide in Medju- gorje. She fell in love with the "beauty and tranquility" of her new home. "I was hav- ing the time of my life and I never could forsee the day when there would be dead, mutilated bodies lying on the streets, when churches and mosques would be burned and looted, that I would be hiding underground." Her sabbatical turned from one year into two, and shortly after her second year there the war began. Today, she says, Bosnia- Herzegovina has become "hell on earth." "Everyday, men, women and children are getting their throats cut, everyday they are being left to die on the sides of the streets. Whole inhabi- tants of villages are being massacred and butchered to death." Burke says she "sees the ghosts of Hitler's regime" when she hears of the con- centration camps, and the i i ii RAY'S FIRE & SAFETY Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service 117 Busseron Street Commercial and Residential MICK RAY: Home: 882-4185 Shop: 8884960 Pager: 885-7571 I I I We've and girls are kept for the amusement of soldiers. "Every human right is being violated in Bosnia. The right to privacy. The right to have your property. The right of freedom of speech -- that is totally gone now. A man can- not stand up and say what nationality he is because it will mean death. The right to eat. One-million people have died of starvation since November. "And looming in the back- ground is the ethnic cleans- ing. "This war in Bosnia-Herze- govina, the suffering is un- precedented. The pain is un- bearable. It hangs in the air." Burke mentions a priest who is confined to a mental hospital after witnessing 19 Moslem women "who had their stomachs ripped open and their babies ripped out. There are mass graves all over the country. No one is spared. Things that are going on are beyond human activity. "It is the power of Satan," she believes. Burke said the children of Bosnia-Herzegovina live in constant fear. "They have lost their youth and innocence. "Rape camps house women of every age. There are re- ports of a girl of seven and woman of 83. And there are tens of thousands in these rape Camps. If this second, the war finished, these women have already lost the battle." As Burke travels through the United States, she is ask- ing American women to speak out against the atroci- ties in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "Your voice has got to be heard. Everybody looks to the American woman. I am ask- ing the American woman to contact your senator and your congressmen and the United Nations. The women of Bosnia feel they have been forgotten." Burke says that the village Director of Religious Education Diocese of Evansville The Diocese of Evansville in Indiana seeks a Director of Religious Education to be responsible for the development of qualified catechetical leaders and for the overall planning and imple- mentation of religious education in parishes and schools. QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. in Religious Educa- tion/Religious Studies or related field; five years recent administrative and teaching experience on parish and/or Diocesan level. Desires to work in a moderately progressive, primarily rural Diocese. Strong program development, teach- ing, organizational and supervisory skills needed. Ability to work with Catholic school prin- cipals and teachers. The Diocese offers a pleas- ant work environment, competitive salary and benefits. Send cover letter, resume and three references by March 30, 1993 to: Religious Education Search Committee P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 place that has been s during the war. number of refugees only price it has paid. body has enough to el the homes have been Marian apparitions are happening, on a daft Burke said she tivated to do the suffering in govina after visiting tal near Medjugorj the most unhyge There were o1: corridors and I hear( screaming of childreni dren who were having limbs amputated anesthetic. You ha' idea -- to hear a who is having a limb tated without more frightening shell exploding. "There was no medi fix them and their lirn to be amputated to save lives." She was so what she saw at the she decided to a help from the land. "We askc inedicine and dia raised $8 million of Mercy was begun. Mercy brings more I know many want to "Bosnia-Herzego hell-hole of a pain and suffering i than anything going on in the time. They have no outside of hu Their homes are gon livelihoods are gon they have nowhere to Burke has aske( EvansVille through the St. Theresa Evansville, to donate shoes, baby diapers kets to the Wings Project. Donations will be, tributed to members, no their religion is. We give people hope, outside world cares must take care of needs, and these Burke says it is our world screams the name of God, in of all that is responsible has gone far "We pat oursel' back because a 111 walked on the me! should crawl on ol for what we have happen. "Our silence has . genocide our blesslr' HA  U consod, TONY NAZARIO 812-768-S207 p.OJ