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Vicar to express solidarity with Anglican victims

A VICAR from St Paul and St Silas, Birmingham, the Revd Jemima Prasadam, will visit her former homeland in India to express solidarity with Anglican parishes devastated by the tsunami disaster.

She is in touch with the Revd Phamuel, a priest in the Marakannam area of Tamil Nadu in Chennai diocese, who told how he saw "a dark shadow the size of palm trees approaching" while in the church grounds.

He said he realised something catastrophic was going to happen, and told his congregation to run. Unfortunately not everyone could move quickly, and a young girl and old lady drowned inside the church building. In the neighbouring church, 42 people died while taking part in a prayer meeting.

Ms Prasadam said she was also in touch with a Christian evangelist who was working in the Nagapattinam area, where 2300 people died when the tsunami struck. Many of the dead had been on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Velankanni at the time.

Ms Prasadam said the whole community, irrespective of religion, had been working together to raise funds for the disaster.

A Christian charity, Opportunity, is asking churches to contribute to the rebuilding of fishing communities in Tamil Nadu. Visit www.opportunity.org.uk or phone 01865 811474.

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