In 2015, The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof traveled to the Nuba Mountains and to Dr. Tom Catena at the Mother of Mercy Hospital:
“IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — If you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here…”
“Just about every day, the Sudanese government drops bombs or shells on civilians in the Nuba Mountains, part of a scorched-earth strategy to defeat an armed rebellion here. The United States and other major powers have averted their eyes, so it is left to “Dr. Tom,” as he is universally known here, to pry out shrapnel from women’s flesh and amputate limbs of children, even as he also delivers babies and removes appendixes.
“A Muslim paramount chief named Hussein Nalukuri Cuppi offered an even more unusual tribute. “He’s Jesus Christ,” he said.
“The chief explained that Jesus healed the sick, made the blind see and helped the lame walk — and that is what Dr. Tom does every day…”
Click on the image above to watch his video of the trip, and read the entire column, which appeared June 27, 2015.