Mother Teresa, winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, has dedicated her life to the sick and hungry.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: MOTHER TERESA: "I think it's a gift that we will share to give homes to so many homeless people, to give food to the hungry and clothes to the naked, and take care of the many sick and dying because we have these homes all over the world now. Actually I feel that the gift has been given because the people are more and more aware of the presence of the poor in the world. And so they are only using me to be the hand, to be the bridge between the rich and poor."
REPORTER: "How do you feel at the news of having received the Nobel Peace Prize?"
MOTHER TERESA: "Personally I feel unworthy. We take care only of people who have nothing, who are wanted by no one, who have become a burden to society, who have forgotten what is love, what is humility. For us they are the children of God. And they are also as Jesus said `I was hungry, I was naked I was homeless" they will be the (INDISTINCT). We have many medical centres, but with the government of India and other governments like the government of (INDISTINCT) and others like Ethiopia and Tanzania, they have given us big parts of land which we are using to rehabilitate the lepers."
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Background: Mother Teresa, winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, has dedicated her life to the sick and hungry. Her simple message is "the poor must know that we love them". Her followers regard her as a saint, but the 69-year-old nun believes she is only doing God's work. Born of Albanian parents in what is now Yugoslavia, she came to India 50 years ago to teach geography in a convent school. She stayed on to work in the slums of Calcutta, became an Indian citizen in 1950 and founded a new religious order, "the Missionaries of Charity". Today, the order runs more than 120 homes for unwanted children and dying destitutes in India and all over the world.
SYNOPSIS: The poverty and slums of Calcutta -- here alone, 36 thousand sick and dying have been given shelter. Thousands of children have been cared for and given foster parents, and over two million sick and nearly fifty thousand lepers are treated by mobile dispensaries and special clinics. But for Mother Teresa, the Peace Prize is simply a gift to the poor ...