World: Crisis over 160 Acres

Kachcha Tivu, a square-shaped island nesting among the waves of the Palk Strait between India and Ceylon, is about a fifth as large as New York City's Central Park. One-half mile long and barely one-half mile wide, it serves mostly as a fishermen's stopover and a smugglers' base. Once a year pilgrims from Ceylon and India come to the island to pay homage to its patron saint, St. Anthony, in a tiny church that measures only 12 ft. by 14 ft. and can hold at most 100 worshipers. Last week Kachcha Tivu, Tamil words...

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