Within ten minutes of me posting this my phone rang. It was Sudana, Amrita's partner, to tell me that she died in Zambia this morning of an asthma attack, with no inhaler - she had either run out or, quite likely, had given her supply away to others she deemed needed them more. This would have been in character.
The world has lost an extraordinary being, who quivered with compassion for all humans and all creatures. She used that energy to achieve so much for the suffering and forgotten, giving no thought to herself. Her work was acknowledged by Manchester University* and it was at the ceremony where she was given the John Owens Award that I met her in 2001, having heard so much about her.
She was a Chaplain with my Order. She inspired and astonished me with her vision and bravery. She was my friend. And the 120,000 people in those 50 villages in Zambia have lost someone who cannot be replaced.
Namo Quan Shi Yin Bo Sat
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